2014 Blind Spot Series: Persona


What I knew going in: Alex and Josh love this film. There was one scene I instantly recognized. 

This is my first Ingmar Bergman movie. My Bergy cherry is broken, I'm so proud. *tear* I have about 5 other movies of his in my Netflix queue, and two more on my Blind Spot, but that one is reserved for December.

Alma (Bibi Andersson) is a nurse who's been charged with looking after Elizabet (Liv Ullman) an actress who has stopped speaking. She seems perfectly healthy, so Alma takes her to a colleague's summer house to get away from it all. Alma pours her heart out to Elizabet, who doesn't respond, just listens. Eventually, the lines get blurred. 

Wow. What the fuck? I feel like I have a million different theories about what I have just seen, but in a way, do any of them matter? Is there really a right or wrong here? Bergman just wanted to mess with people, right? The only things I'm sure of are that Andersson gave one of the best performances I've ever seen, and I'm jealous of Ullman's lips. I wish I had something more eloquent to add about a film like this, but honestly. I'm just kind of speechless.

This film was quite the experience. I wasn't crazy about the intro, but it captivated me through out, and even if I can't place my finger on what exactly I thought happened, I'm happy to have seen this, and I look forward to the rest of Bergman's work.

Recommended: Yes


Grade: A

Memorable Quote: "I'm not like you. I don't feel like you." - Alma (Bibi Andersson)

14 comments:

  1. YAY!!! Bergman is such a treasure! This is a great place to start, too. So glad you loved this. I hope Scenes from a Marriage is in your queue. If it isn't...put it there! My favorite Bergman and one of the greatest films to ever broach marriage in it's entirety. It broke me!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I will have to throw that one in there! I have Fanny and Alexander, Wild Strawberries, and Smiles of a Summer Night in there at the moment.

      Delete
  2. Well, my Bergy cherry is firmly intact. Firmly. But, after reading this post, I think I'm ready to lay back and let the magic happen.

    Great post!

    ReplyDelete
  3. Awesome review, Brittani! Bergy's making all the good girls go bad it seems, both me and m.brown are already on board and all...

    ReplyDelete
  4. I think I might have seen the opening of this film in one of my classes. I don't know much about Bergman but we do have some common ground seeing as he was also very critical of Jean-Luc Godard's filmmaking.

    I seem to recall the opening scene was very Lynchian. Might be worth trying to watch at some point.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It reminded me a lot of what Terrance Malik did in Tree of Life (which I hated, btw) Kind of "arty for the sake of art" which probably isn't a very popular opinion.

      Delete
  5. Congratulations on popping your Bergman cherry. I hope you enjoy the rest of his work as this is my 2nd favorite film of his so far as the one I was enthralled by was Cries & Whispers. So far, I've covered some of the essentials with another I'm planning to watch later this summer. Bergman is a cinematic god.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I definitely see why he has so many fans now. I'm looking forward to the rest of the ones I have in my queue.

      Delete
  6. Woo hoo! So glad you liked this one. I'd recommend adding Bergman's faith trilogy (Through a Glass Darkly, Winter Light and The Silence) and The Seventh Seal to your queue as well. ;)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Ahhh, to go back and be able to watch my first Bergman again. He's my all-time favorite filmmaker, and Persona is my favorite film that he made. So obviously, I'm thrilled that you liked this one. I know we talked about it a bit on Twitter, but I've never tried to explain this one, you know? Best to just let it intoxicate you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I thought of our conversation when I was writing my review. It just makes sense to let this film wash over you and not try to analyze it.

      Delete

No seriously, post one. I need attention.