A screenwriter summons his muse in the form of a memory as he sits down to write a script about a past affair. After Marianne appears to him and discusses his ideas for the story, she’s transformed into the main character of the film he’s writing.
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A thinly-veiled autobiographical work written by Bergman and brilliantly directed by Liv Ullmann. Like "Through A Glass Darkly", it is a film about an artist's exploitation of another's suffering, which often comes at the expense of their own sanity. The work of aged but unbowed genius; to me it is to Ullmann as well as Bergman's credit that it is on the same level as the master's greatest cinematic achievements.
The first "movement" as it were moves slow and lays on thick with seemingly unnecessary detail and a lack of dramatic pace but the last hour devastates like almost none-other. A bergmanesque Closer. I sometimes forget why Bergman is considered the king of intense chamber dramas and then films like this come along. I couldn't swallow for the last hour.
Generally, I think 'Faithless' is something really special. It's interesting to see Bergman directed by Ullman, it ends up being this wonderful blend of a writer's film and women's film. My biggest bone to pick is with Marianne; she willingly risks her perfect family dynamic for this ugly, brutish man and sulks about it every chance she gets. I don't know if we're meant to feel sorry for her, but I certainly didn't.
Brilliant acting and such an impressive piece of work by Liv. Noticed a few resemblances with Cries and Whispers and Fanny & Alexander (mainly when the child was on screen). Besides that, it's also worth to mention the Fårö landscapes and their dramatic input into the final outcome and its interpretation.