Liv Ullmann plays Dr. Jenny Isakson, a psychiatrist who is taking a vacation while her husband Dr. Erik Isakson (Sven Lindberg) is elsewhere. Haunted by visions of an old woman, Jenny suffers from profound, inexplicable depression.
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(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.
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.
What Ullman does with Bergman’s script — dense, relentless, layered with so many seemingly random symbols — reveals someone who truly understands what it means to lose your mind. It doesn’t all make sense for the viewer, for the husband, lover, grandmother, and daughter, but Ullmann knows that insanity has little to do with external logic. Jenny’s demons make absolute sense to Jenny.
Most of people say that ozu made same movies in his whole life . I can say same things for bergman too ... because the only different thing in his film is processing of story . Character's reactions , close plans ,camera angles , expressions are same . Sometimes ulmann makes me thing that I have watched this movie long time ago ...
Mixed feelings. At times the theatrical version felt butchered, at others it dragged. However, Ullman's performance from face to horrified face is superb. Hope the television version is available soon.