Lovers take a return train ride from Italy only to have memories of past affairs and bicker with each other endlessly; visually, it brings to mind another of Bergman's later allegories, The Silence. The frequent usage of flashbacks halts momentum, while the concluding message seems almost anti-Bergman: after spending most of the movie disgusted with each other, the man concludes, in the end, it's better to be in relationship hell than "alone and independent." Hold on a second: alone and independent all of a sudden are bad? This is coming from a man who literally and figuratively lived on his own island? Absurd indeed, though in his defense the script was not written by him.
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Year Released: 1949