Parents' Guide to

The Seventh Seal

By Charles Cassady Jr., Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Symbolism-filled classic a tough sell for kids.

Movie NR 2007 96 minutes
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One of the Greatest Films Ever Made

This film is absolute perfection from beginning to end. It is poignant, dark, and deep. It is also the greatest fantasy movie ever made. There is nothing innapropriate, it is just dark and bleak.

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Ingmar Bergman's The Seventh Seal concerns the monumental theme of a painful search for God, and has contributed some immortal moments to cinema. Joseph claims to see visions, like the Virgin Mary and the Christ Child, and Bergman seems to be suggesting if there is any God at all, the artists and creative types (including filmmakers?) are nearer the truth than the usual suspects. Characters grumble about the perilous times they live in, and many themes of The Seventh Seal, the wrestlings with religious doubt, are meaningful for the present, as Bergman intended.

Kids who are into medieval re-enactments and Renaissance fairs might be persuaded to see this. Harry Potter fans who notice a connection between this and the final book where Death plays a role may also raise an eyebrow. But it's still a tough sell.

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