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A 1966 classic film by Creator/IngmarBergman (the guy who made ''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.
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* 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]].
* GainaxEnding
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall
* LeFilmArtistique
* MeaningfulName: Alma, which is Spanish and Portuguese for "soul".
* MindScrew
* PaintingTheMedium: The director reminds us several times, through a few [[MindScrew weird]] sequences, that this is only a movie.
* TheVoiceless: Elisabet.
** SuddenlyVoiced: On three instances, though it [[MindScrew may not have happened]].
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