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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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.