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Autumn Sonata


Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Sweden, West Germany, 1978


After seven years of separation, an internationally famous, icy concert pianist returns home to visit her long-suffering daughter. Over the course of a day and a long, painful night that the two spend together, they finally confront the bitter discord of their relationship.

Our take

Few directors could peel away the layers of human relationships more devastatingly than the great Ingmar Bergman. With this implosive, uncertain chamber drama, he gave Sweden’s other great Bergman—Ingrid—her final big screen role, and she gave him one of her finest performances.

Autumn Sonata Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1979 | 2 nominations including: Best Actress in a Leading Role

National Board of Review

1978 | 4 wins including: Best Director

César Awards

1979 | Nominee: Best Foreign Film

Critics reviews

[Autumn Sonata] has endured as one of Ingmar Bergman’s signature films despite the odd circumstances of its production and the relative subtlety of its style (it lacks the brilliantly color-coded mise-en-scène of Cries And Whispers or the epic sweep of Fanny And Alexander). What it has instead are two very different yet equally remarkable actors to enact its maternal drama, which at times feels like the emotional equivalent of a heavyweight prizefight.
July 28, 2015
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Employing cinematography of a lighter hue, and benefiting from the masterful acting of Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullman playing Charlotte and Eva respectively, Autumn Sonata is one of Bergman’s more accessible films, and thus provides a gentle entry into his imposing corpus. How, then, to gain entry into Autumn Sonata, the inviting anteroom of Ingmar Bergman’s labyrinthine cinematic castle?
June 13, 2015
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Superficially, Autumn Sonata offers a parade of miseries that would be absurd in a lesser filmmaker’s hands, but what Bergman’s imitators have never entirely grasped is his sensuality, his tenderness and even his sense of humor; they only respond to the unhappiness, which they regard as offering piercing truth rather than metaphor.
September 12, 2013
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