Samet Ghirnikar’s review published on Letterboxd:
“Faith is a torment. It is like loving someone who is out there in the darkness but never appears, no matter how loudly you call.”
R.I.P Max Von Sydow, a true legend and what a towering performance. Nobody can escape death... the final shot here is haunting. I haven’t seen a film that captures the feeling of existential dread like this one. Everyone fears death, at least I do; and to my surprise, I found out that Ingmar Bergman actually created this film in response to losing his own faith in God. He was haunted by the idea that he was existing in a world without God and faith.
Bergman eventually accepted this and he even gave the following response to a question about Death years later. “I was afraid of this enormous emptiness, but my personal view is that when we die, we die, and we go from a state of something to a state of absolute nothingness; and I don’t believe for a second that there’s anything above or beyond or anything like that; and that makes me enormously secure.” It is quite interesting that Bergman wasn’t fearful of death itself, but was more concerned with the relationship between faith and death. Is it better to die a believer or a non-believer? One of the questions we will never get a definitive answer to, although it seems like Bergman made up his mind.