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Cries and Whispers

R In Theaters 10/1/1991 , 95min.
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Plot & Details

Cries and Whispers stars Liv Ullman and Ingrid Thulin as the sisters of dying cancer patient Harriet Andersson. Both sisters have already had brushes with death: Ullman has had an affair which prompted her husband's suicide, while Thulin has long wanted to do away with herself, at one point mutilating her own vagina out of self-hatred. As for Andersson, she has been in pain so long that she feels as though she's in the midst of death-in-life. With her two sisters wrapped up in their own problems, Harriet turns to her housekeeper Kari Sylwan for comfort; Sylwan has herself suffered the death of a child, and has developed a philosophical attitude towards impending doom. One of the most influential moments of the film -- when two of the sisters share the innermost thoughts that they'd kept from one another for so many years -- is filmed without benefit of dialogue, with the music of Chopin (enhanced by cinematographer Sven Nykvist's carefully selected camera angles) "speaking" for the ladies. While Cries and Whispers only won the Oscar for cinematography, the film did very well for itself in international awards contests.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1973 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Cinematography Sven Nykvist Won
1973 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Screenplay Ingmar Bergman Nominated
1973 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Costume Design Marik Vos-Lundh Nominated
1973 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Picture Ingmar Bergman Nominated
1973 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Director Ingmar Bergman Nominated

Golden Globes

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1972 Hollywood Foreign Press Association Best Foreign Film - Foreign Language Nominated

National Board of Review

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1973 National Board of Review Best Director Ingmar Bergman Won
1973 National Board of Review Best Foreign Film Won

New York Film Critics Circle

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1972 New York Film Critics Circle Best Picture Won
1972 New York Film Critics Circle Best Screenplay Ingmar Bergman Won
1972 New York Film Critics Circle Best Actress Liv Ullmann Won
1972 New York Film Critics Circle Best Director Ingmar Bergman Won

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