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Original title
Nattvardsgästerna (The Communicants)
Running time
80 min.
Sweden Sweden
Ingmar Bergman
Evald Andersson
Sven Nykvist (B&W)
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Svensk Filmindustri (SF)
Drama | Religion. Small Town Life (Non-North American). Psychological Drama
Synopsis / Plot
This is the second in Bergman's trilogy that explores religious faith and doubts in a visceral, visual, and provocative manner. On a cold winter's Sunday, the pastor of a small rural church, Tomas Ericsson, performs service for a tiny congregation; though he is suffering from a cold and a severe crisis of faith. After the service, he attempts to console a fisherman, Jonas Persson, who is tormented by anxiety, but Tomas can only speak about his own troubled relationship with God. A school teacher, Maerta Lundberg, offers Tomas her love as consolation for his loss of faith. But Tomas resists her love as desperately as she offers it to him.
1966: Seminci: Golden Spike: Best Movie
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