Monday, December 8, 2014

Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries) (1957)

Today's film is Smultronstället (Wild Strawberries). It's about an elderly doctor, Isak Borg, who travels to receive an honorary award and while on the way, reflects on his life and dreams.

In the beginning, he's supposed to fly, but he decides to drive last minute. This irks his housekeeper, Miss Agda, who I think wanted to fly with him.  Isak's daughter-in-law, Marianne, goes with him.  Thanks to Google maps, I know the trip from Stockholm to Lund should take around 5 hours and 39 minutes.  We've learned that Isak doesn't have any relationships and can feel lonely sometimes.  He had a wife who cheated on him, but that's about it.

While they drive, they stop at Isak's old house, where he reminisces about his childhood, and his hot cousin Sara. She ended up marrying his loser brother.  He meets another Sara on the grounds, and she asks if she and her two guy friends can catch a ride with them.  He tells her about the other Sara, who he called his first love.  Right now, she is 75 and still beautiful according to him. So, we know his brother is dead, as well as his cheating wife, and his first love is still here. Well damn son go marry your hot cousin.  It doesn't matter if you're old.  Old people get married all the time.

They encounter many things on their way to Lund.  They get hit by a Beetle and have to deal with the arguing couple inside.  They meet Isak's cold mother and Marianne sees where he gets it from.  Isak also is praised by a country couple and he realizes that maybe he shouldn't have left his hometown. The hitchhikers are young and cheerful and are almost the opposite of Isak's personality.

Another thing is that he dreams a lot while traveling.  Well, he's old and it's a long drive.  You can tell what he fears and what he worries about from his dreams.  While driving, Marianne tells her she's pregnant and her husband, Isak's also cold son, doesn't want any children.  So she's going to keep it even if it meant losing him.  Isak offers to help her, but she doesn't want any help.

So, they get to Lund, where Miss Agda and Marianne's husband are waiting.  He takes her out for the evening and wants her to stay with him.  His son is a lot colder than he is.  After the ceremony, he talks to Miss Agda and says that since they've known each other for a long time, it was okay for her to just call him Isak instead of Professor.  She says she won't, which makes him kinda sad.  However, on her way to her bedroom next door, she tells him she'll leave the door ajar if he wants anything wink wink wink.  She is totally flirting with him.  I hope he realizes it.  I will give this film an 8/10.  When it comes to movies featuring cranky old men, this movie was 10 times better than Up.

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