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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Not quite remembrance of things past or settling of old ghosts - how can you with ever changing conditions? Instead a kind of adjacent confessional with previously unexpressed emotions not entirely laid to rest - this is Bergman after all - but aired and rearranged all the same. It’s wise and reflective, rather like the mournful tone of a cello. You never leave Bergman with an absolution, but plenty to think about.
Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson have flawless characters. Through his camera, Bergman captured Man's soul and it's really fantastic how he turned a simple meet into an unpleasant journey through life. Bergman ends his career as he began with a small movie, but with genuine humanism!
after his brilliant and troubled life and carreer, bergman puts an 'end' at its peak as a director with this masterpiece. This is why bergman must be considered a genious, Saraband manages to explore humanity, fidelity and human relations with an outstanding sensibility!
Saraband is a great film about communication. The character of Henrik is able to communicate well through his music. He and his daughter Karin have a tenuous bond through the music they make together. Each character, in their own way, make "music" together.
Disappointing follow-up, narrative driven and in an entirely different, more nodding tone. Ullman's Marianne even metatextually comments that Johan no longer has internal agency, like a poorly remembered character in a (much better) forgotten film. Perhaps I was doomed to disappointment, all I wanted was more conversations between Marianne and Johan, but Ullman is oddly sidelined in this despite the bookends.
Point final de l'oeuvre d'Ingmar Bergman qui une dernière fois pourfend les relations familiales et distille son flagrant pessimiste quant à la médiocrité des rapports humains, leur fatuité et leur instabilité chronique. www.cinefiches.com