Persona

Persona is another 1960s film, written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. It revolves around two women, Elisabet, an actress turned patient, and Alma, her nurse. They move into a secluded area, where they have nothing to worry about but their mental state.

The film is in black and white, and as a person with a short attention span, watching movies in black and white is a challenge for me. Although this film kept me on its hook because of the twists that kept happening throughout its runtime. My reaction while watching this film was a mix of feeling confused and intrigued, and it kept me wondering what will happen next, or how the film will end.

In my point of view, the two characters had strong sexual tension present during their stay in the cottage. As they continued to bond and grow closer, some sort of love or lust was suddenly present, similar to Black Swan or other psychological love thriller-esque type of film.

There were a lot of things in this film that I did not understand. An example was the use of the intro and outro of the film. These vague images felt important at first, but at the end of the film, something was still amiss for me. After we watched this film, I knew in my heart that I would not be able to appreciate art cinema fully after being exposed to it for two semesters.

Despite the things that I did not understand, this film was somehow enjoyable because it made me want to understand what was happening. Although, I would not recommend it to people with short attention spans.

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