Video Release: April 1, 2014
Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc.
- Runtime: 89 minutes
- NTSC (Canada and USA)
- Originally in Swedish
- Released in Swedish
Inspired by a 14th Century ballad, "The Virgin Spring" tells the story of a father's vengeance, while exploring themes of innocence and guilt. Karin, a young virgin, sets off on a ritual journey to church, adorned in a rich, costly gown. Along the way, she encounters three herdsmen, two of whom rape and kill her. The herdsmen continue their wanderings, and arrive at Karin's home. Unaware of the family's identity, the trio lodges there for the night. But the father learns of their deed, and slaughters all three -- including the youngest innocent boy, who all along has been horrified by his companions' brutality. When the heartbroken father claims his child's body, a miracle springs forth from the earth.
The tale of a father's revenge for the rape and murder of his virgin daughter. Academy Award Nominations: 2, including Best (Black-and-White) Costume Design. Academy Awards: Best Foreign Language Film.
The print used for the Home Vision Cinema VHS version is from the Janus collection. The transfer is digitally remastered with new subtitles. Winner of the International Critics Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Voted One of the Year's Ten Best Films by THE NEW YORK TIMES, HERALD TRIBUNE, SATURDAY REVIEW, and NEWSWEEK. Additional credit: Rolf Halmquist (cinematographer)