The Virgin Spring

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Released 1960

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Director:
Ingmar Bergman
Released:
1960
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The Virgin Spring, released under the original title Jungfrukallan in 1960, is directed by Ingmar Bergman. Written by Ulla Isaksson, this dramatic horror film won the 1961 Academy Award and the 1961 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Based on a medieval Swedish ballad, the film was considered controversial for its brutality. In the film, 15-year-old Karin (Birgitta Peterson), is brutally raped and murdered by two brothers with whom she offers to share her food. The murderers unknowingly seek shelter in the home of Karin's family and their deed is discovered as they attempt to sell the dead girl's clothes to the family. Karin's father, Herr Tore (Max Von Sydow), responds with brutality as he avenges his daughter's murder. Here Tore, a deeply religious man, questions God as to why He let this brutality happen. His crisis of faith is eased when upon locating his daughter's body, a spring of water bubbles up from the ground and Herr Tore atones for the murders. .moreless

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Classics, Crime, Foreign Language, Thrillers