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The Touch Rated 15

The Touch

Dir. Ingmar Bergman. Sweden, 1971. 1h 55m. Swedish/French/subs. Starring Elliott Gould, Bibi Andersson, Max von Sydow, Sheila Reid, Margareta Byström, Elsa Ebbesen, Dennis Gotobed, Staffan Hallerstam.

Now restored in its original bilingual version, Bergman’s rarely seen chronicle of a passionate affair is a major rediscovery. A happily married mother of two, Karin (Andersson) surprises herself by responding in kind to an unforeseen profession of love from David (Gould), an archaeologist visiting Sweden whom her doctor husband Andreas (von Sydow) has befriended. But love, however toxically exhilarating, is seldom simple, and deceit and David’s volatile temperament take their toll.

'What red-blooded passion there is in The Touch: a film about grownups for grownups.’ ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

'Effortlessly brilliant, even if its central drama starts to feel oppressive in its latter stages.’ ★★★★ David Jenkins, Little White Lies