With the exception of his elderly housekeeper Miss Agda who he treats almost like a surrogate platonic wife, widowed seventy-eight year old Dr. Isak Borg, a former medical doctor and professor, has retreated from any human contact, partly his own want but partly the decision of others who do not want to spend time with him because of his cold demeanor. He is traveling from his home in Stockholm to Lund to accept an honorary degree. Instead of flying as was the original plan, he decides to take the day long drive instead. Along for the ride is his daughter-in-law Marianne, who had been staying with him for the month but has now decided to go home. The many stops and encounters along the way make him reminisce about various parts of his life. Those stops which make him reminisce directly are at his childhood summer home, at the home of his equally emotionally cold mother, and at a gas station where the attendants praise him as a man for his work. But the lives of other people they ...
"We are such stuff as dreams are made on, and our little life is rounded with a sleep." Shakespeare - The Tempest
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Did You Know?
The carriage seen and heard by Isak Borg (Victor Sjostrom) in the dream sequence at the beginning of the film, is similar to a scene in The Phantom Carriage (1921) when David Holm (also played by Sjostrom) sees the carriage for the first time. See more
When Isak looks up at the faceless clock, he retreats into its shadow. Next cut and there is no shadow. See more
Good morning, sweet cousin. What are you doing?
Picking strawberries, silly. Can't you see?
And who shall be favored with these delicious berries picked in the early morn by a lovely young woman?
Nonsense. You know quite well that it's Uncle Aron's name day today. I forgot to make a present. So he'll get a basket of wild strawberries instead.
Referenced in Eraserhead
KUNGLIGA SOEDERMANLANDS REGEMENTES MARSCH
Music by Carl Axel Lundvall See more