Heavy. The quintessential arthouse film. Bergman is probably top 5(?) filmmakers of all time. He’s probably the greatest screenwriter ever and that still feels like an understatement.
Anywho, this film crushes the viewer. Death comes for everyone. It washes up on the shore and plays a game of chess with a Knight who questions everything.
The actions committed by the characters are haunting. They remind you of the horrors of the past. Ghostly. This film is terrifying for something made in the 50s because it’s so not Hollywood. It goes medieval on your ass.
The same themes and ideas carry over to almost all of Bergman’s films. It’s no Persona but it is its own thing. Again, this is Arthouse 101. You have to really have patience and awareness of a lot to fully appreciate a picture like this.
Just think of something like The Lego Movie. This is the furthest film from that. Hope that helps.