The Virgin Spring
Ingmar Bergman certainly has a way with morbid filmmaking. Oftentimes, his films are depressing, faith-questioning, and tragic in a variety of ways. The Seventh Seal, for instance, was a slow-moving and deeply philosophical film about the existence of God and the meaning of human life. That's some pretty heavy subject matter. This film, The Virgin Spring, is definitely no exception to Bergman's darker storytelling. Inquisitive on themes like religion, occultism, sexual purity, and the corruption of youth, The Virgin Spring is able to ask these difficult questions while providing a tightly-wound narrative set within medieval Sweden.
The film follows a prosperous Christian, Tore, whose daughter, Karin, has been appointed to bring candles to their small church. It should be an average ride for Karin, who's accompanied by her pregnant foster sister, as she's taken candles to the church on a numerous amount of occasions.
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