Marianne and Johan are paralyzed by generational pressure, material pursuits, and societal expectations on what a marriage should look like. This is all pretty obvious, but this viewing I noticed a pattern in their conversations. There is a disconnect between what is said and what is felt, which surfaces again and again, episode after episode. There is no beginning or end to an argument or conversation.
Emotionally draining. Through simple backdrops and personal experience, B speaks so many truths about the contradictions of relationships and marriage. The move from a static state of banal routine, lying to yourself, what married couples "should" be and constructed identities to the realization that love is always imperfect, that a romantic fairy tale is a lie, is fantastic to experience. Unlike anything in cinema.
9/10 (04. 03. 2018). Всё это - это и есть Ингмар, не придумывающий, но приспосабливающий и анализирующий себя. Марианна - это мировая женщина, мученица, идеал Бергмана, лишь замалчивающая негатив, чтобы взорваться. Юхан - неуверенный тиран, боящийся детей, закомплексованный и любящий, изучающий измену. Иногда мужчина и женщина меняются местами, но в итоге это всё равно вариации единой личности Ингмара Бергмана.
pure and raw depiction of love and relationship, reaching well beyond the romantic mask we've taken as "real". suffering, pain and confusion is the price we pay for our strives to achieve togetherness and true companionship, and the way is more bumpy and harsh than we've been told it would be.
Incredible beyond any words I could use to express.. An inspiration. Epitome of Art and Film. (Jul '17) Just watching this can ruin cinema for you. How close Bergman is and how far everyone else.. On another level in every way - Writing, Acting, Directing, Photography, Sound.. Instant Favorite, All time Top 10.
Epic minutiae. A superbly modulated example of film (or as here, television; perhaps best suited to this form of existential microscopy) as mirror. Reflecting, dissecting then - to an extent - reconstructing, it subtly adds, or invites, layers of wise commentary on the frailties and vanities of life. Bergman's direction appears imperceptible until you realise - frequently - this is a master at work.