The Women, the Silence and the Real in Ingmar Bergman


  • JOSÉ MONSENY BONIFASI Institut per a la Clinica Psico Social Barcelona


woman, silence, real, anxiety, scream, death, dying, emptiness, voice


The main aim of this paper is to provide a psychoanalytic interpretation of the scream in the films of Ingmar Bergman, starting from Jacques Lacan’s consideration that the scream constitutes the abyss from which the silence emerges. After the outline of the difference between Silet and Taceo, the paper  approaches three important aspects in the films of Bergman: the space of silence enveloping the silence of the film characters, the silence beyond the  phallic, masculine order, and the silence as an empty void impossible to fill in the scream of Agnes (from Cries and Whispers).

Author Biography

JOSÉ MONSENY BONIFASI, Institut per a la Clinica Psico Social Barcelona

Jose Monseny Bonifasi is Psychoanalyst and Psychiatrist in Barcelona, Spain. He studied at the University of Salamanca and at the University of Barcelona. He is a member of École de Psychanalyse des Forums du Champ Lacanien/ School of Psychoanalysis of the Forums of the Lacanian Field (AME). He is the director of IPB – Institut per a la Clinica Psico Social in Barcelona. He published the article “Sidération et lumière sidération et ténèbres”, dans Lʼen-je lacanien, no. 3, 2 (2004). He coordinated the following volumes: Educar aún… El educador frente a los retos de la enseñanza (Horsori Editorial, Spain, 2009), El autismo, un reto para la colaboración entre clínicos y pedagogos (Horsori Editorial, Spain, 2013), Trastornos de conducta o conductas que trastornan? (Horsori Editorial, Spain, 2017).



How to Cite

MONSENY BONIFASI, J. (2021). The Women, the Silence and the Real in Ingmar Bergman. Studia Universitatis Babeș-Bolyai - Dramatica, 66(1), 15–28. Retrieved from