Winter Light

Ingmar Bergman
Film // January 5, 2017

A cold, stoic production, Winter Light embodies much of Ingmar Bergman’s trademark styles. His characters are utilitarian–precise and purposeful. They exist in a desolate small town, a locale that only exists in Bergman’s imaginations, where its bleakness fosters an alien-like abstractness, and little else. Every shot is essential, and every word is precious. Bergman’s slow adventure, spanning a few hours, has no waste. Bergman is cold and calculated, and yet, Winter Light feels alive and conscious.