Ingmar Bergman's film from 1960 about rape, religion, and revenge is one that I've been meaning to see for a while, but just recently got ahold of. I have to say that while the film is rather slow, it builds to an interesting and highly rewarding climax. The film is full of memorable scenes, but two that struck me as particularly stellar where the conversation in which the friar describes hell to the boy who fears he will soon go there and the static shot of Max Von Sydow taking out his aggression on a slender tree. While it doesn't have the visceral impact of the semi-remake LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, the scene of retribution is highly powerful on a more emotional level. Also the theme of religion, which seems to be a common theme in Bergman's works, is highly present here. I did think, however, that the final scene where Spoiler Sydow cries out asking God why he would allow these actions to take place, vows to build a church, and is acknowledged with the flow of a stream through the impression left on the ground by his dead daughter was a little heavy-handed. All in all though, I thought this was a very worthy effort. I'd like to know where everyone else who has seen this places the film in the rest of Bergman's oeuvre. Out of the four I've seen, I'd rank this right behind WILD STRAWBERRIES, neck-and-neck with THE SEVENTH SEAL, and slightly ahead of CRIES AND WHISPERS. I'm looking forward to the MGM box set as I've heard there are a few gems in there as well.