bergman actually has a sense of humor and this film is proof. granted it’s not strictly a comedy, but it does have funny moments and is more funny than it is depressing or dramatic. as is the norm with his films the cinematography is great. in a way it actually takes away from sven nykvist’s legacy because the cinematography is great despite his absence (bergman and he worked on a great deal of films together including seventh seal and wild strawberries). the last portion of the film reminded me of renoir’s “rules of the game” because you’ve got a group of upper crust people engaged in a dinner of humorous chaos and sexual comedy. there are some heavy moments, but they’re usually washed away with some stroke of humor.