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  • Summary: In this sequel to Bergman's 1973 film "Scenes from a Marriage," Marianne and Johan meet again after thirty years without contact, when Marianne suddenly feels a need to see her ex-husband again. She decides to visit Johan at his old summer house in the western province of Dalarna. And so,In this sequel to Bergman's 1973 film "Scenes from a Marriage," Marianne and Johan meet again after thirty years without contact, when Marianne suddenly feels a need to see her ex-husband again. She decides to visit Johan at his old summer house in the western province of Dalarna. And so, one beautiful autumn day, there she is, beside his reclining chair, waking him with a light kiss. (Sony Pictures Classics) Collapse
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  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. 100
    Powerfully, painfully honest.
  3. 100
    Bergman has never been an ordinary filmmaker, and what he's given us is no genial last hurrah but rather an intensely dramatic, at times lacerating examination of life's conundrums that is exhilarating in its fearlessness and its command.
  4. Bergman has not gone soft, not emotionally, philosophically and certainly not artistically. This is as tough a film as he has ever made.
  5. Anyone expecting a tender sunset elegy, however, has wandered into the wrong film. Saraband, despite a few wistful moments, is a poison pill of a reunion.
  6. Reviewed by: Gunnar Rehlin
    70
    A bitter but finally moving story about lost love, hatred between generations and a curious kind of liberation, Saraband officially closes one of the most prestigious and influential careers in the history of cinema.
  7. 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.

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  1. 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. Expand
  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. Expand
  3. 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. Expand
  4. Dr.Suess
    Sep 14, 2005
    4
    Bergman can do so much better than this.

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