Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Sight & Sound Challenge: Wild Strawberries (1957)

Film: Wild Strawberries (72/250) 
Critics Poll: 63rd 
First Time/Rewatch: First Time

Just goes to show that a film coming in at 91 minutes can still make you feel the scope of a man's life. Wild Strawberries feels a bit like "A Christmas Carol," featuring an old man nearing the end of his life, a life marked by his coldness towards others. It's a story told with daydreams and flashbacks, and in one powerful scene, a vision of his life and character being put on trial. Time is a recurring theme, specifically the image of a clock with no hands. This was an arresting image to me, speaking both to the fact that our character is out of time, and also the timelessness of this story. This story made in another time, in another country, is all too familiar. All throughout history, people have regretted their actions, disappointed their parents, disappointed their children, and realize too late that their life was misspent. All we can really hope to do is find peace at the end. Shot beautifully and efficiently, this film was a very touching and enjoyable watch. 

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