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A 1966 classic film by [[UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} Swedish]] director Creator/IngmarBergman (the guy who made ''Film/TheSeventhSeal''), starring Creator/BibiAndersson and Creator/LivUllmann. As with anything by Creator/IngmarBergman, this movie rides heavily on symbolism and philosophy. Its plot is... hard [[MindScrew to explain]].

At first, it is pretty straightforward: an actress named Elisabet Vogler suddenly decides not to speak and is thus considered mentally ill. She and Alma, the nurse who takes care of her, are sent to a Summer cottage in hopes that it will help nurse the actress back to health. Alma talks to her a lot, first about trivial things and then about increasingly personal matters. One day, she reads a letter by Elisabet to her husband, which talks about these matters; among them, a sexual tryst Alma had with [[{{Shotacon}} underage boys]]. Cold war ensues.

Whatever happens from there on is entirely up to you to guess. The director's [[ShrugOfGod lack of explanation]] does not help. However, it is still regarded as one of the best movies by Ingmar Bergman.

Unrelated to the ''{{VideoGame/Persona}}'' videogames, although Jungian psychology is a major theme in both.
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!!This film contains examples of the following tropes:
* AllPsychologyIsFreudian: Averted -- as the title suggests, psychology in this film is primarily based on Jung's ideas, which the viewer is [[ViewersAreGeniuses apparently expected to know all about]].
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* MeaningfulName: Alma, which is Spanish and Portuguese for "soul".
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* PaintingTheMedium: The director reminds us several times, through a few [[MindScrew weird]] sequences, that this is only a movie.
* PsychoStrings: You could almost mistake this for a horror movie at certain points (the montage of strange, sometimes disturbing images at the beginning may well remind you of ''Film/TheRing''), and the music reinforces this.
* SuddenlyVoiced: Elisabet, who spends most of the film in silence, speaks in three instances, though it [[MindScrew may not have happened]].
* TheVoiceless: Elisabet has been sent to recuperate after suddenly deciding to stop speaking; the number of times she speaks during the film can be counted on one hand and all of them may just be imagined by the characters.
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