Saraband

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29

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Critic Reviews

  1. This uneven new film, a series of dialogues from the legendary Ingmar Bergman, is assembled like movements of a concerto.
  2. Reviewed by: David Parkinson
    60
    Insightful as ever but a little dated in the set-up and treatment of the shooting.
  3. Feels like the effort of a tired artist reworking the same themes.
  4. The performances are perfectly distilled, but the traits I dislike in Bergman are all here -- self-pity, brutality, spiritual constipation, and an unwillingness to try to overcome these difficulties.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Oct 8, 2014
    9
    An outstanding final work Bergman made for TV, but it's much too good for it not to have been released theatrically. Basically Scenes from aAn outstanding final work Bergman made for TV, but it's much too good for it not to have been released theatrically. Basically Scenes from a Marriage: 30 Years Later. Nearing retirement and hearing her ex-husband has done well for himself in advanced age, curious Marianne decides on a whim to see how he's doing, decades later, and stumbles upon Johan's horrible son, who it appears is having an incestuous relationship with his daughter, who's significantly talented with the cello and wants to leave to have some semblance of a normal life but is very afraid to do so. A stunning work, a worthy finale to a remarkable career in the arts for the fine Swedish director, who through but ten dialogues can make a far better film than 90% of the other directors out there today. Full Review »
  2. Aug 26, 2010
    9
    Ingmar Bergman was never one to shy away from the brutal honesties of life, and with "Saraband" (his last feature), all of that pain isIngmar Bergman was never one to shy away from the brutal honesties of life, and with "Saraband" (his last feature), all of that pain is projected onto 4 characters who so desperately need fulfillment from each other and themselves. What he leaves us with is this - the longer you wait for resolution in your life, the harder it is to get it. Full Review »
  3. RobertS.
    Jan 13, 2006
    9
    How amazing that Bergman, in his late 80s, still has the touch. Saraband may not be up to the level of his greatest films, such as Fanny and How amazing that Bergman, in his late 80s, still has the touch. Saraband may not be up to the level of his greatest films, such as Fanny and Alexander, but it is certainly on the same level as Scenes From a Marriage. Full Review »