->''"Bring me the slaughtering-knife."''


''The Virgin Spring'' (''Jungfrukällan'') is a 1960 [[UsefulNotes/{{Sweden}} Swedish]] film directed by Creator/IngmarBergman and starring Creator/MaxVonSydow. It is partly [[OlderThanTheyThink based on the]] Swedish [[OlderThanPrint medieval ballad]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Töres_döttrar_i_Wänge ''Töre's daughters in Vänge'']]. Von Sydow is Töre, a prosperous 14th century Christian farmer who sends his innocent virgin daughter Karin off to carry candles to church for matins. Accompanying her is Ingeri the servant girl, who is heavily pregnant. Ingeri is a secret pagan, and she resents Karin so much that she prays to Odin to bring a curse down upon Karin.

Ingeri and Karin have an argument on the way and part. Ingeri enters the cabin of a mysterious old man, who shows her pagan sacrifices he has made, speaks of "three dead men riding north", and promises to give her strength. He makes obvious sexual advances towards her, and she flees in terror.

Meanwhile, Karin encounters three shepherds, two adults and a boy. They have a pleasant picnic together, until the mood darkens, the two adult shepherds turn mean, and they rape her. One of the rapists then bashes Karin in the head with a rock, killing her. The two shepherds take Karin's possessions and strip the fine silk dress from her body before heading south. They then stop to take shelter--at Töre's farm.

''The Virgin Spring'' was written by Ulla Isaksson, and thus is one of the few Ingmar Bergman films that Bergman did not write as well as direct. It won the UsefulNotes/AcademyAwardForBestForeignLanguageFilm. Twelve years later, it was remade by Creator/WesCraven, with a lot more blood and gore, as ''Film/TheLastHouseOnTheLeft''.


* AdultFear: A reasonably happy and successful couple's young (and only) daughter is raped and killed by strangers.
* BigBadDuumvirate: The two unnamed shepherds who raped and killed Karin.
* CreepyCrows: A creepy raven squawks as Karin and Ingeri approach the creepy old man's sinister cabin.
* DeliberateValuesDissonance: The movie goes a long way reproducing the mentality of the medieval Swedish countryside, a lot of which will appear strange to a modern audience. At the same time [[RealityIsUnrealistic it averts this trope]], exposing the rather liberal and cheerful relationship between Karin and her parents, standing in a striking contrast to the sheep-like obedience expected of every child that, according to most people, was prevalent in that time period.
* DontGoInTheWoods: The forest is a dark, scary place where pagan gods reside. Karin is killed there.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: A conversation between Karin and Ingeri where Karin says she'll stay a virgin until marriage and Ingeri spitefully asks what she'll do if a man throws her down behind a bush to ravish her.
* GodInHumanForm: It is implied that the scary old man in the cabin actually is Odin, who has appeared to grant Ingeri her wish. (Like Odin, the old man only has one eye.)
* GreenEyedMonster: Pregnant, unwed, servant girl Ingeri hates the pampered Karin and calls down a curse upon her.
* IncorruptiblePurePureness: Innocent virgin Karin. Possibly subverted, as Ingeri calls her out for dancing and flirting with a boy, but Karin insists that she was only looking for a husband for Ingeri.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Karin is blonde-haired, Christian, innocent, and a virgin. Ingeri is a dark-haired pagan, and at least eight months pregnant. Karin rides her horse side-saddle, while Ingeri rides like a man would.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone:
** Töre after he kills the boy, whom the audience knows is innocent.
** After they find Karin's body, a hysterical Ingeri cries that it is all her fault, for calling down Odin's wrath, as well as for standing frozen and watching while Karin is attacked.
* NoNameGiven: The old man in the cabin, who says he has no name "these days", and who may be the god Odin.
* PietaPlagiarism: When Märeta cradles her daughter's body.
* RageAgainstTheHeavens: After finding Karin's body in the woods, Töre cries out to God, saying that he doesn't understand why God would allow this to happen. But then he asks God for forgiveness for murder, and promises to build a church on the spot of his daughter's death.
* RapeAndRevenge: Töre takes revenge, killing both of the rapists--and the innocent boy as well.
* RapeAsDrama
* SpoiledSweet: Karin is pampered and spoiled, especially by her mother, but she's still essentially good-hearted and kind.
* VirginSacrifice: Seemingly alluded to with the visual TitleDrop at the end. After Töre pledges to build a church on the spot where his daughter died, they lift up her body, and a spring bursts forth from the ground.