Dreyer’s film is a complex interweaving of personal, familial and communal responses to the conflict between faith and religion. Staged and shot with a spareness of tone (white is omnipresent) Ordet seeks out the space between people, and between their ideas, shifting visual, philosophical and emotional perspectives within a carefully enclosed space. The rhythms of the fluid camera and the thematically rich and intense dialogue deliver the audience into a kind of alert reverie, in which the movements of the soul, from despair to bliss, are felt (and understood) at the deepest level.


Carl Theodor Dreyer

Den 1955 126m