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 1, 1978 Wide
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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.
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.
Autumn Sonata can finally be seen as an austerely beautiful meditation on death and the not-always-realized possibility of reconciliation across generations.
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.
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.
This very good Ingrid and Ingmar Bergman film is very easy to love for its honesty and passion ...
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.
Ingrid Bergman won her last Oscar nomination for her very last feature in this intense mother-daughter melodrama, directed by Ingmar Bergman.
Though Ingrid and Ingmar Bergman aren't related, their pairing on a movie set was a long-anticipated event
Probes in an intelligent and affecting way the ambivalent feelings in mother-daughter relationships
With its raw performances and lyrical dialogue this is a sombre, resonant, lingering drama about family dysfunction and emotional frustration.
[It] absolutely overwhelms our senses and becomes for 92 minutes the only reality we can know.
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