Josephson's character was, for me, a little unrelatable that I did not care for him much of the time... He may even be my least favorite Bergman leading actor, but oh well....
A modest, chambery production of great, deep insight into the institution of marriage. Bergman's script may strike some viewers as too bitter and scornful, but if there ever was a writer/director more in tune with human unfulfilment and its doubts, that could draw such inspired eloquence and poetry in its dialogue, I have not yet seen. Sven Nykvist's dynamic and expressive camera work is specially worth mentioning.
Long, single-takes of people arguing, and more importantly, just talking are my kind of films. This one, being by Bergman, is, of course, a fantastic one. My favorite 'scenes' were the third Paula and the fifth The Illiterates. They are so realistic while at the same time so incomprehensible that one may be repelled from the action. Ullmann is of course the main show, with Andersson in a great supporting role.
Far from it being a 5-star mini-series (the acclaim here on MUBI is ludicrous for Bergman's late periods), it's an intrepid nonetheless, almost-apocalyptic downfall of the Marriage Institute, in addition to a marvelously endearing but rather conventional approach on the "why" of the duo's distress and subsequent actions.