2022 Blind Spot Series: Through A Glass Darkly
What I knew going in: The premise.
Karin (Harriet Andersson) is recently released from a mental hospital and goes on vacation with her husband, Martin (Max von Sydow) to visit her father and brother (Gunnar Bjornstrand and Lars Passgard) in their remote cabin. She slowly starts to unravel.
I had to bring my boy Ingmar Bergman back to the Blind Spot series. Yes, he's my boy now that this ongoing series is what is directly responsible for introducing myself to his work. I've been wanting to see this one for a while considering how much I love von Sydow's work with Bergman, but it's Andersson who is the true star here.
Frankly, all of the men in Karin's life kind of suck. Her husband talks to her like she's a child while simultaneously trying to have sex with her, which dials the ick factor up to eleven. Her dad is pretty self centered. There's nothing wrong with Minus, her brother but this poor kid doesn't have it easy either. It's devastating in a way to watch her, because we the audience understand her struggles better than the people around her do.
The film is intentionally structured like a 3 act play, which amplifies the setting. Every minute means something and no time is wasted. We stick with these four characters the entire time, and never encounter anyone new.
I'm still a bit puzzled on how this ended up winning Oscars in TWO separate years, but it deserves them. I thoroughly enjoyed this, even though it's quite the downer.