The Virgin Spring (1960)

Director
Ingmar Bergman

Main cast
Max von Sydow; Birgitta Valberg; Gunnel Lindblom; Birgitta Pettersson; Axel Düberg

Genres
Crime, Drama

Description
Set in beautiful 14th century Sweden, it is the somber, powerful fable of peasant parents whose daughter, a young virgin, is brutally raped and murdered by goat herders. By a bizarre twist of fate, the murderers ask for food and shelter from the dead girl's parents, who, discovering the truth about their erstwhile lodgers, exact a chilling revenge.


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