Dr. Jenny Isaksson is a psychiatrist married to another psychiatrist; both are successful in their jobs but Jenny starts gradually succumbing to a breakdown. She is haunted by images and emotions from her past and eventually becomes unable to function as a wife, doctor, or individual…
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Bergman made so many great films that it’s easy to overlook a few of his later gems, and Face to Face is an excellent psychological terror about a mentally ill psychologist. Liv Ullman’s exquisite plunge into madness is all one can ask for.
Through no (well, partial) fault of his own, Bergman's dream sequences now feel like film school cliches. Far more unshakeable in this stew of sexual angst—closeted frigidity tenderly meets closeted gayness—are the raw human emotions: Ullmann's outbursts feel frighteningly involuntary. Trauma, stopped clocks, and the line that unlocks it all: life's two great pains are insanity and the cure. Strangely therapeutic.
(3.5) I actually watched the original 4 episode Swedish TV version this time which is forty minutes longer than the theatrical version with different or extended scenes, the correct aspect ratio, but terrible picture quality (it's on YouTube)! I can't really say the TV was better than the film, I need to do a proper comparison at a later date.