“Wild Strawberries” is a film by Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. Bergman is widely regarded as of the great directors in cinema history and his films have been cited as influencing the work of many creative minds over the years in Hollywood. With Bergman’s wide influence, it was only natural that one of his films be included on this list. The question is, does “Wild Strawberries” deserve to be considered among the greatest of all time?
Should this film be considered a classic? Yes, it should. This is a fine example of a film that is both gets everything right. The story is told in a wonderful manner as the main character, Professor Borg, encounters a series of people and events during trip that make him recall his earlier life. These earlier events are told in the form flashbacks and are filmed in a wonderfully dream-like manner with bright lights and lightly colored sets and clothing drawing a contrast to the darker elements used in the scenes representing the present. These pleasant day dreams stand in stark contrast to the terrifying nightmare scene that opens the film. The story is timeless in that it deals with an elderly man trying to come to terms with his life and find some peace and closure before he runs out of time. While there is much darkness and sadness in the film, it ends on a hopeful note. This is a wonderful piece of storytelling and also very thought provoking.
Would I own this film? Probably not. It’s not that I did not enjoy the film. It is just that I don’t see myself revisiting it much. This is a movie that will stay with you long after you have watched it. Who knows, this is a film that I can see changing my mind on and perhaps adding it to my permanent collection at some point.