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Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata)

Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata) (1978)

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Ingrid Bergman, the Swedish expatriate who became one of Hollywood's greatest stars, and Ingmar Bergman, one of the world's most acclaimed filmmakers and Sweden's most honored director, worked together for the first and only time in this intensely personal drama about the troubled relationship between a mother and daughter. Charlotte (Ingrid Bergman) is an acclaimed concert pianist who is visiting her daughter Eva (Liv Ullmann), the wife of a parson in a rural community, for the first time in

Jan 11, 2000

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The movie makes good chamber music: it's a crafted miniature with Bergman's usual bombast built, for once, into the plot requirements.

August 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Of course Bergman's actresses suffer superbly in microscopic close-up, but the nagging doubt persists as to whether this is incisive psychodrama or just those old nordic blues again.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Autumn Sonata can finally be seen as an austerely beautiful meditation on death and the not-always-realized possibility of reconciliation across generations.

June 5, 2001 Full Review Source: AV Club
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A simple but extremely powerful and focused drama.

January 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

has a steady, accumulating power, and while it ranks high among Bergman's dramas, it is not quite a masterpiece, at least not on the level of Cries and Whispers (1972) and Scenes From a Marriage (1973), his signature films of the period.

October 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

This is not a comfortable movie, but it isn't meant to be. It's a difficult work, but that very difficulty is what makes it rewarding.

September 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Ingmar says, "No." Ingrid says, "Yes." They're both right and both wrong, but it is Ingrid, in her last feature film performance, whose "Yes" carries more conviction and authority.

November 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
Slant Magazine

This very good Ingrid and Ingmar Bergman film is very easy to love for its honesty and passion ...

September 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

There is too much talk, talk, talk about feelings and not enough demonstration of them, but like cream, Ingrid keeps rising to the top of the chatter.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Ingrid Bergman won her last Oscar nomination for her very last feature in this intense mother-daughter melodrama, directed by Ingmar Bergman.

June 26, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Though Ingrid and Ingmar Bergman aren't related, their pairing on a movie set was a long-anticipated event

May 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Probes in an intelligent and affecting way the ambivalent feelings in mother-daughter relationships

July 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

With its raw performances and lyrical dialogue this is a sombre, resonant, lingering drama about family dysfunction and emotional frustration.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

[It] absolutely overwhelms our senses and becomes for 92 minutes the only reality we can know.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Nick's Flick Picks
Nick's Flick Picks

A stunningly accomplished chamber drama from Ingmar Bergman.

March 5, 2002 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
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Audience Reviews for Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata)

Ingrid is great as a totally self involved woman of great musical talent but no outward vision beyond how it serves her no matter how she tries. The rest of the film is dour and terribly depressing which of course is par for the course with Ingmar Bergman. We are suppose to empathize with Liv Ullman's character but she seems stunted by her bad childhood unable to realize that at some point you have to accept people as they are and get on with the business of living.
December 18, 2009
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This is one of the very best Ingmar Bergman films I have seen, and therefore one of the very best films.

Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullman are simply amazing together as a mother and daughter combination from hell. Ingrid Bergman is terrific, despite a deliberately naff hairdo which makes her look like Queen Elizabeth II of the UK rather than the faded beauty she is. Liv Ullman also has visual nuances to enhance her character - the glasses, platted hair and jumpers enabling this beautiful woman to look frumpy.

The acting is simply amazing, even through the subtitles you can tell. Fortunately Scandinavian vocal nuance is similar enough to English to enable us non-Swedish speakers to appreciate the acting.

Of course, it has the Ingmar Bergman darkness to it. The sister with the horrible degenerative disease, the drowned toddler, the selfishness of the Ingrid Bergman character. If you get depressed along with the characters in films like this, you might be better off giving this one a miss.

But for those with a taste for this type of claustrophobic drama, this is one of the most powerful films you will ever see.
December 14, 2009
matertenebraum

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I might be alone on this, but I prefer Autumn Sonata to Persona, Seventh Seal and maybe even Wild Strawberries. Wild Strawberries remains my favourite of Bergman's best but I believe Autumn Sonata is the better produced film, purely due to it's awesome script and the impeccable performances from Ullman and especially Bergman. Her performance, when put in perspective (she was dying of Cancer) is just amazing. I'm not ashamed to say that this film made me cry a little. Pure brilliance!
December 8, 2009
SirPant

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Affecting less due to the story, and more due to observing still-radiant Ingrid Bergman in the twilight of her life. Otherwise, there's not much happening in the filmmaking beyond "warm lighting," and the script seems like just a case of Ingmar struggling to find new ways to make characters intensely miserable.
December 21, 2009
Eric Broome

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