After her shopkeeper husband falls ill and dies, a young Swedish mother struggles to keep her family together. But when she's forced to enter the poorhouse and loses custody of her children, despair soon gives way to madness. Victor Sjöström's powerful silent melodrama, which helped to drive changes in Sweden's welfare laws, stars Hilda Borgström and Aron Lindgren. 68 min. Standard; Soundtrack: music score. Silent with music score.