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.
I see the same isolation as in "Trough a glass darkly", the same beings trying to connect with each other through love, but ultimately incapable to overcome the chimeras of the memory. The only thing worth doing is to manage one's own life, full of hardships, as it is, and the incarnation of this is Karin, which follows her own Ideal, leaving behind Death and Misery.
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!
I had some mixed feelings. I watched this in two parts for whatever reason and that accidentally halved the film in a sense for me. I watched this right after finishing Scenes from a Marriage and was expecting it to further that plot line, which I suppose it somewhat did, so I was somewhat confused at the focus. All in all a minor Bergman but still quite full of thick dialogue and character work.