Relentlessly discursive and somber, also hauntingly elliptical and exquisitely crafted. CRIES examines three sisters, one of whom is dying, and the robust family retainer who cares for them. Bergman uses the four women as metaphors for humanity, respresenting how we respond to anxiety,
death, and the visitations of what appears to be a wrathful rather than benevolent God.
Thulin (the standout in an ensemble of breathtaking performances) is on the brink of suicide and, we learn, once mutilated her own genitalia rather than honor her marital vows. The earthy Ullmann (never more beautiful) once had an affair over which her husband attempted suicide. Sylwan is the g...