A vague attempt by Ingmar Bergman to introduce social issues—war and politics—into his scheme of suffering. Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow are musicians who've taken refuge from an allegorical civil war on a remote island. The war gradually approaches them, and they're forced to act. Despite its evident sincerity, the film seems less like an indictment of intellectual and artistic irresponsibility than a quiet mea culpa. God, as usual, takes the rap.