Mia Hansen-Løve is a feeler, and she wants you feel things in her films and with Bergman Island she is in fine form. Bergman Island may seem like just a simple film about a couple going on a getaway and live where cinema icon Bergman lived but there’s so much more to its bones.
There’s a romantism and sincerity in this film that one barely finds in film these days. There’s a complexity to Mia’s characters, and the way she chooses to explore their thoughts, feelings and morality is just amazing.
Bergman Island also feels exploratory, it explores Chris (Vicky Krieps) thoughts and feelings about her place as a filmmaker and womam, can these two sides of her co-exist? Can she have the career and family? It also explores her relationship with her famous director husband Tony (Tim Roth) and the film also explores Chris’ story which features (Mia Wasikowska and Anders Danielsen Lie).
The couple’s tale and the fictional tale seamlessly blend to create something beautiful. There’s something deeply personal about this film and the journey of Vicky Krieps’ character, it’s almost as if it’s a lived experience and hence is why it feels so authentic. Bergman Island is an exploration but not of the Bergman himself but of art and cinema and how they bleed into cinema. The films’ aesthetic, which is warm and very dreamlike only adds to the romantism Mia Hansen-Løve has crafted. Truly a lovely film, a bright spot of 2021.