Sony Pictures Classics | Release Date: July 8, 2005
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berniceb.Jul 19, 2005
Mesmerizing...as close to being a fly on the psychoanalyst's wall as you can get. run to see this one.
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RobertB.Aug 14, 2005
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. 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
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RobertS.Jan 13, 2006
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.
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ryancarroll88Aug 26, 2010
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 heIngmar 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. Expand
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talisencrwOct 8, 2014
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 inAn 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
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DanaM.Jul 24, 2005
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 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
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Dr.SuessSep 14, 2005
Bergman can do so much better than this.
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