The final film in Ingmar Bergman's Faro island trilogy, in which four lost souls attempt to seek solace in each other and outlive their damaged pasts. Andreas Winkelman (Max von Sydow) lives a simple, solitary life on a barren and windswept island. When he meets Anna (Liv Ullmann), a beautiful widow who has been crippled in an accident in which her husband and son died, he finds out more about her past in their first meeting than she realises. The two form a relationship and, at first, see much that they might enjoy together in the lives of their mutual friends, bourgeois married couple Ellis and Evan Vergerus (Bibi Andersson and Erland Josephson). However, Ellis and Evan are themselves living in a world of delusions and psychological turmoil, and Andreas's relationship with Anna soon takes a devastatingly destructive turn when he uses his knowledge about her past against her. The subplot, in which a loner on the island commits suicide after being falsely accused of acts of arson and vandalism, continues the theme of emotional isolation.