Thoroughly unmissable, Persona demonstrates Bergman’s timeless, stylistic genius. This is the work of a master using imagery at his freest and most daring, without ever having it feel inconsequential or excessive.
The premise is simple enough—a famous actress (Liv Ullmann) refuses to speak; a nurse (Bibi Andersson) is assigned to take care of her; they spend time alone on a cottage by the sea. From that point, we delve into complex themes of identity, and subconscious repressions brought on by their symbiotic relationship. The film is radical yet completely literal, experimental yet utterly comprehensible.
We are propelled from moment to moment with probing imagery and mysterious yearnings. At the end, like a perfect full circle, you feel like you have understood nothing and yet the experience is enigmatically complete. Persona is an experimental psychodrama that is considered one of Bergman’s finest.
Part of Swedish Film Festival 2018: 100 Years Of Ingmar Bergman