After 7 years on the sea, a sailor comes back to find that the woman he's in love with suffers from depression. We're sent back to what brought this upon, and follow them into a anxious love story on board of a boat.
"Skepp till India land" is a film I just don't have a lot to say about. It's probably my least favorite Bergman film to date, and not specifically because it's a bad movie, but because it offers absolutely nothing in 2012 that I didn't expect from Bergman, and Bergman is someone that I often get surprised by, even in his simplest films like "Det regnar på vår kärlek" (which definitely was more light-hearted, sweet and innocent).
The film tells of another anguished love affair, this time between a hunchbacked sailor, Johannes, and the woman he spent all of his time on the sea thinking about, Sally. He comes back from years on the sea and discovers that she has became depressed and almost suicidal. The story jumps back 7 years and we find out what happened between the two. It becomes a story around their blooming love as well as the broken relationship between Johannes and his disturbed father.
As always, Ingmar Bergman has delivered a good, solid movie. But I couldn't find the same depth, soul and love in this title as I did in most of his other work. The story is rather sad and heavy, sure, but there's just not enough under the surface to really dig into. Rather it's just another Swedish drama with only tiny glimpses of Bergman's genius. This is one of those few films that could've been made by any other director around the same time, and the biggest difference would've been that I wouldn't have watched it if that was the case.
Now, like I said, "Skepp till India land" isn't a bad movie. It's a drama and it delivers the dramatic moments as expected. The love affair between our main characters isn't always the main focus, but in the end it's what we put most of our own focus on. The themes of depression, anxiety and abuse are there but, in my opinion, not worked on enough to mark the movie as a film about that. It's an alright drama, but as a Bergman movie there's more to want from it. It's rather tame considering the director and didn't draw me in emotionally. Feels surprisingly dated even though the themes are always open for discussion.