Tony (Tim Roth) and Chris (Vicky Krips) are a loving couple who work as filmmakers. When the summer approaches, the two decide to journey to Fårö. Tony and Chris acquire a large home that allows them to work with peace surrounding them. They also like the idea that they are now staying on the same island as the inspiring, talented film director and writer Ingmar Bergman.
But as the two attempt to write their next big screenplay, they will find a new, unexpected challenge that will test their entire relationship. The more they write and work, the more their reality becomes questionable. Tony and Chris are filled with tension and doubt as to their future together, both in regards to their writing and their relationship.
Bergman Island is best described as a drama film filled with various themes. The audience easily feels emotions portrayed throughout, such as romance, heartfelt desires, and past hurts. Throughout the entire duration, I found the film’s script fitting and believable, and I also enjoyed the performances of the leads played by Tim Roth and Vicky Krips. Visually, I found Bergman Island to be quite pleasing. There are many wonderful moments, especially from the various locations and general scenery.
Bergman Island is certainly a slow-paced film. We start the journey with our leads, joining them on their journey to and arrival on the island. While I understand the filmmakers want to stress the importance of the journey and their hopes and inspirations, in return, the film takes a while to get in motion. During the first act, I generally wondered what the point of this film was, and was surprised to see a major turn at the midpoint. Viewers are naturally more rewarded if they can push through it. As for the plot, I honestly feel this won’t be for everyone, mostly because it requires its audience to think, and many aspects are highly symbolic. Some outcomes will be subjective. I enjoyed the journey, but I can’t confidently admit that I understand Bergman Island entirely. It did; however, leave me thinking about it deeply.
Overall, this film is filled with wonderful visuals and realistic performances from its leads, Tim Roth and Vicky Krips. Bergman Island is packed with many themes, which are displayed perfectly. It’s a slow-paced film with moments and outcomes that will be subjective. The film’s second act and the ending has left me thinking deeply and processing the entire heartfelt, symbolic journey. It’s a well-made film, but I can’t deny that I don’t feel it’s going to be everyone’s taste given the kind of story, messages, and slow dramatic pace.