Tystnaden, feature film, drama, Sweden, 1963
DIRECTED BY: Ingmar Bergman
The story of two sisters, Anna and Ester, who sojourn in a hotel in a town in the north of Europe. Anna’s ten-year-old son is with them too. Ester is a frustrated lesbian with no future, while Anna enjoys total sexual freedom. Soon it becomes obvious that what binds the sisters is an unusual and burdensome feeling of love and hate… Silence in the title indicates the sisters’ inability to communicate with one another, as with the inhabitants of the town whose language they do not speak. The silence also refers to God’s silence personified in human despair.