With the exception of his elderly housekeeper Miss Agda who he treats almost like a surrogate platonic wife, widowed seventy-eight year old Dr. Isak Borg, a former medical doctor and professor, has retreated from any human contact, partly his own want but partly the decision of others who do not want to spend time with him because of his cold demeanor. He is traveling from his home in Stockholm to Lund to accept an honorary degree. Instead of flying as was the original plan, he decides to take the day long drive instead. Along for the ride is his daughter-in-law Marianne, who had been staying with him for the month but has now decided to go home. The many stops and encounters along the way make him reminisce about various parts of his life. Those stops which make him reminisce directly are at his childhood summer home, at the home of his equally emotionally cold mother, and at a gas station where the attendants praise him as a man for his work. But the lives of other people they ...
"We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep." Shakespeare - The Tempest
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Did You Know?
The carriage seen and heard by Isak Borg (Victor Sjostrom) in the dream sequence at the beginning of the film, is similar to a scene in The Phantom Carriage (1921) when David Holm (also played by Sjostrom) sees the carriage for the first time. See more
The front license plate on the VW disappears when untying the rope. See more
I saw you with your mother, and I was panic-stricken.
Professor Isak Borg
I don't understand.
I thought: That's his mother. An old woman, cold as ice, more forbidding than death. And this is her son, and there are light years between them. He himself says he's a living corpse. And Evald is growing just as lonely, cold and dead. And I thought of the baby inside me. All along the line, there's nothing but cold and death and loneliness. It must end somewhere.
UNDER ROENN OCH SYREN / BLOMMANDE SKOENA DALAR
Music by Herman Palm
Lyrics by Sakari Topelius See more