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Matthew Martens's rating of the film Fanny and Alexander (Theatrical Version)

A profound and stirring excoriation of the absolutist impulse, Fanny and Alexander offers a defense of family and tradition that rejects the tendency of each to curdle into empty rituals and systems of control. Beautiful, cluttered with incident, ornament, and sentiment, and ultimately as mysterious as it is moving, here is a film in which Bergman embraces the unceasing invention and pathos of the human drama.