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also known as Jungfrukällan

The Virgin Spring1960

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  • 4.3
  • passes the bechdel test
Winner of the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film, Ingmar Bergman's THE VIRGIN SPRING is a harrowing tale of faith, revenge and savagery in medieval Sweden. Starring frequent Bergman collaborator and screen icon Max von Sydow, the film is both beautiful and cruel in its depiction of a world teetering between paganism and Christianity, and of one father's need to avenge the death of a child.

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A shallow rape/revenge tale plumbed to the deepest depths with questions of faith, the nature of Evil and God. The rape scene, though not explicit by today’s standards, is morally and emotionally devastating with the horror of violation in innocent Karin’s face. Max von Sydow towers like an oak, a father whose Christian beliefs are briefly uprooted by unleashing unmerciful pagan justice. His angry prayer to God with his back to the camera is unforgettable. Grim and difficult to watch, but utterly compelling.

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A shallow rape/revenge tale plumbed to the deepest depths with questions of faith, the nature of Evil and God. The rape scene, though not explicit by today’s standards, is morally and emotionally devastating with the horror of violation in innocent Karin’s face. Max von Sydow towers like an oak, a father whose Christian beliefs are briefly uprooted by unleashing unmerciful pagan justice. His angry prayer to God with his back to the camera is unforgettable. Grim and difficult to watch, but utterly compelling.

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4.5_god's never around when you need him.....Karin is wonderful_so is the pregnant girl_it's a bit stiff & ponderous but beautifully done_the virgin spring at the end is a brilliant touch

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Great classic Bergman!

raw, powerful, and exquisite. genius director and mesmerizing acting.

I think this is one of those core sorts of movies. Like Shakespeare for modern man. It has a mirror on way more than what you see at first.

sorcery trumps religion and a bag full of symbolism.

Great Bergman film (one in the series).

What can I say. Ingmar Bergman at his best. I was hooked from the very beginning.