Scenes from a Marriage chronicles the many years of love and turmoil that bind Marianne (Liv Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson) through matrimony, infidelity, divorce, and subsequent partners. This is Bergman’s original five-hour, six-part television version.
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A modest, chambery production of great, deep insight into the institution of marriage. Bergman's script may strike some viewers as too bitter and scornful, but if there ever was a writer/director more in tune with human unfulfilment and its doubts, that could draw such inspired eloquence and poetry in its dialogue, I have not yet seen. Sven Nykvist's dynamic and expressive camera work is specially worth mentioning.
A supremely honest and true romance portraying our amazing capacity to hurt and forgive one another. Reminding us there is a difference between compatibility and sexual attraction, between a fleeting moments satisfaction and a 'working' life long relationship.