Max Von Sydow as Andreas Winkelman; Bibi Andersson as Eva Vergerus; Liv Ullmann as Anna Fromm; Erland Josephson as Elis Vergerus; Ingmar Bergman as Narrator; Barbro Hiort af Ornï¿½s as Woman in dream; Sigge Furst as Verner; Lars-Owe Carlberg as Police officer; Barbro Hiort af Orn?s as Woman in dream; Hjï¿½rdis Petterson as Johan's sister; Erik Hell as Johan Andersson; Svea Holst as Verner's wife; Malin Ek as Woman in dream; Brita ï¿½berg as Woman in dream; Britta Brunius as Woman in dream
Andreas, a man struggling with the recent demise of his marriage and his own emotional isolation, befriends a married couple also in the midst of psychological turmoil. In turn he meets Anna, who is grieving the recent deaths of her husband and son. She appears zealous in her faith and steadfast in her search for truth, but gradually her delusions surface. Andreas and Anna pursue a love affair, but he is unable to overcome his feelings of deep humiliation and remains disconnected. Meanwhile, the island community is victimized by an unknown person committing acts of animal cruelty.