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992 Ratings


Directed by Ingmar Bergman
Sweden, Italy, 2003
Drama, TV Movie


Marianne (Ullman), some thirty years after divorcing Johan (Josephson), decides to visit her ex-husband at his summer home. She arrives in the middle of a family drama between Johan’s son from another marriage and his granddaughter.

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Saraband Directed by Ingmar Bergman

Critics reviews

Why expect – after fifty years of unparalleled and consistently creative filmmaking – examples of the rhetorically vague notion of ‘the new’? Isn’t it enough that Bergman is able to move ahead, to further elaborate a totally coherent and rich universe? Compared to the former masterpieces, and in particular toScenes from a Marriage (1974) to which it is a sequel or epilogue,Saraband is undoubtedly, disarmingly original in its visual representation and structural articulation.
January 01, 2005
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In its naked terror and cold fury, in its profound isolation and unresolved conflicts, “Saraband” is a fitting end to Bergman’s directorial career, one of the great valedictory works.
February 19, 2014
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It was shot in digital video, and at Bergman’s insistence is being projected as such — and his peculiar use of that medium is what makes this work compelling. I wouldn’t dream of contesting Bergman’s status as a film master. But I find a neurotic spitefulness and puritanical narrowness in the films he made after the 60s, and I think one would have to be as misanthropic as Woody Allen or critic John Simon to consider him the greatest of all filmmakers.
August 05, 2005
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