1926: the Bergman family spends a summer holiday in the lush Swedish countryside, with eight-year-old Ingmar troubled by glimpses of sexuality and death and by his relationship with his father, Pastor Bergman, who is variously friendly, forbidding, nurturing, violent. 1968: middle-aged Ingmar Bergman, cold and unforgiving, pays a visit to his father, who's confused, and fearful about his approaching death. Advancing on these twin fronts via some beautifully timed cuts, the picture proceeds towards two moments of reconciliation over 40 years apart. Immensely sympathetic, viewed either as a self-contained work or as part of the Bergman canon, it is written by Ingmar and directed by his son Daniel.
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