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Enskilda samtal (Private Confessions) (Private Conversations)

Enskilda samtal (Private Confessions) (Private Conversations) (1999)

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Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 2

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Average Rating: 4.1/5
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Originally made for television and directed by distinguished Swedish actress-turned-director Liv Ullman, this provocative drama is a sequel to director-turned-screenwriter Ingmar Bergman's autobiographical Bille August-directed drama Best Intentions (1992). Returning to their roles of Bergman's parents are actors Pernilla August and Samuel Froler; their discussions are divided into five sections that take place over several years beginning on a Sunday in July, 1925 when young Anna Bergman runs

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Drama, Television, Art House & International

Ingmar Bergman

Jan 25, 2000

SVT Drama

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Ullman isn't particularly interested in the angst of human interaction or the difficulty of knowing truth; she seems fascinated by the pathos of feelings that are all the more intense for being of questionable integrity.

July 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Each sequence is introduced by an intertitle suggesting it will contain an isolated conversation, an archly inaccurate notion that deepens the drama by appearing to deny its complexity.

July 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Ullmann handles the rich material with simplicity and feeling, using snatches of classical music only sparingly and concentrating on the faces of her exemplary cast.

July 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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The actors clearly respond, August conveying the turmoil of a woman trapped by circumstances and her own febrile emotions, Sydow a figure of towering moral authority and compassion.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Coming from the master's hand, the result is unique, akin to a deep plunge into a northern lake -- there's a chilling clarity to the experience, a harsh beauty that's softened, yet never redeemed, by unexpected pockets of relative warmth.

March 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Private Confessions achieves an enveloping intensity that goes well beyond its occasionally literal and earnest approach.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The sight of von Sydow vomiting up a communion wafer is a pretty good indication that age hasn't mellowed the master one whit.

July 31, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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It works, and works beautifully, principally because of an outstanding performance by Ms. August.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Compuserve
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Von Sydow is magisterial. His gaunt face and rumbling voice have become, for me, impossible to distinguish from Bergman's own.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Bergman may have withdrawn from film direction, but his presence is deeply felt in Private Confessions.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's the next best thing to Bergman -- a thoughtful, if slightly long drama enlivened by warm performances and some thoughtful meditations on the subject of adultery.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Enskilda samtal (Private Confessions) (Private Conversations)

Although this is technically an Ullmann directed film, it has all the feel of Bergman that goes beyond what he provided in the written script. What we discover is how much of the real Bergman story is portayed in his films.
February 24, 2012
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