Saraband

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8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
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  1. berniceb.
    Jul 19, 2005
    10
    Mesmerizing...as close to being a fly on the psychoanalyst's wall as you can get. run to see this one.
  2. DanaM.
    Jul 24, 2005
    6
    If the subtitles don't get in the way, the emotional extremes and sexual deviancy just might. The acting is exceptional. The movie story is written in acts, as if it were written for a play. Liv Ullman talks directly to the audience which can be distracting. Even though the dialogue doesn't directly address it, it's understood that the father is having sexual relations with If the subtitles don't get in the way, the emotional extremes and sexual deviancy just might. The acting is exceptional. The movie story is written in acts, as if it were written for a play. Liv Ullman talks directly to the audience which can be distracting. Even though the dialogue doesn't directly address it, it's understood that the father is having sexual relations with his teenage daughter, sleeping in the same bed. For a group of people living in isolation, these people need to get to a psychiatrist pronto. A movie to rent. Expand
  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 Alexander, but it is certainly on the same level as Scenes From a Marriage.
  4. RobertB.
    Aug 14, 2005
    10
    Elegant with bitter, intensity that like great art rises to the sublime. The sad and bitter dialogues are redeemed by the grace note of Marianne's "calling" (by Anna I suspect) to bring the grace that has been missing since Anna died. Anna's presence is a "mother Mary" figure grieved by all but present through Marianna. The bitterness and distance all the parents have created Elegant with bitter, intensity that like great art rises to the sublime. The sad and bitter dialogues are redeemed by the grace note of Marianne's "calling" (by Anna I suspect) to bring the grace that has been missing since Anna died. Anna's presence is a "mother Mary" figure grieved by all but present through Marianna. The bitterness and distance all the parents have created through their selfishness is elevated through the little miracle of this visit. The letter from Anna is discovered, Karin frees herself and Marianne is sent to help her disengage from her guilt. The movie is sublime, intense and a great morality play. Expand
  5. Dr.Suess
    Sep 14, 2005
    4
    Bergman can do so much better than this.
  6. 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 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.
  7. 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 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 isAn 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. Expand
Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    100
    Saraband makes for a powerful and poignant final roar from the grand old man of cinema--the movies' lion king.
  2. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    100
    One could literally milk a thesaurus in trying to find the right words to lavish on Saraband: brilliant, towering, majestic, challenging, remarkable.
  3. If ultimately the highly talky Saraband comes across as a minor entry in the canon, it nonetheless marks a dignified farewell for one of cinema's greatest directors.