Time Out says

Dreyer's last film was adapted from a 1919 play by Hjalmar Söderberg, but it remains one of the most purely cinematic discourses of the 1960s. Its forty-ish protagonist rejects the compromise of her marriage, but suffers disappointment in her younger lover and retreats into a serene isolation. Dreyer directs his actors into performances that are understated to the point of stillness, and composes shots with a daring economy of decor and design; he also slows the overall pace to a contemplative minimum. At the same time, though, he explodes the film's syntax (consecutive shots that don't quite match; camera movements that are never quite resolved), so that the placid surface is undermined by a quarry of tiny fissures. Similarly, the spiritual serenity of the subject is built upon an aching sense of emotional pain - and the fact that it's only half-articulated makes it all the more shattering.


Release details

116 mins

Cast and crew

Carl Theodor Dreyer
Carl Theodor Dreyer
Nina Pens Rode
Bendt Rothe
Ebbe Rode
Baard Owe
Axel Strobye
Anna Malberg