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Faithless (2001)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 69
Fresh: 59 | Rotten: 10

This brooding, measured look at adultery is ultimately emotionally riveting, thanks to its script and performances.


Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 2

This brooding, measured look at adultery is ultimately emotionally riveting, thanks to its script and performances.



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While writing a screenplay about infidelity, elderly film director Bergman converses with an actress in an effort to help create the character of Marianne. Within his screenplay, successful actress Marianne is happily married to Markus, a conductor. They have a nine-year old daughter, Isabelle. Markus' best friend is David. Twice divorced, David is often at Marianne and Markus' apartment, and he is Isabelle's favorite storyteller. One night, while Markus is away, David visits the flat as usual.


Art House & International, Drama


Ingmar Bergman

Oct 22, 2002

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All Critics (78) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (59) | Rotten (10) | DVD (1)

It's a movie that shows us that the silence between two people can be more dramatic than 100 pages of dialogue.

February 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Bergman has been far better at working out these themes than anything in Faithless would suggest.

November 20, 2002 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Bergman has reached for a woman's insight his whole career. Ullmann completes this for him.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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These three adults are all sick puppies. But neither the actors nor their director has created any reason for one to care.

June 8, 2001
Hollywood Reporter
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A powerful movie, with emotional rawness and honesty that have been hallmarks of Bergman's work as much as his incredible egocentricity.

April 13, 2001 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Faithless is talky but very tight, and that cohesion relies on the bond between actors who aren't afraid to expose the depths of their characters.

April 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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This could be a regretful remembrance of things past on the part of "Bergman" or it could be a pure fiction torn from the ether.

April 19, 2008 Full Review Source: House Next Door
House Next Door

While not to everyone's taste, the technical and narrative complexity alone are to be applauded - the film looks gorgeous, and the film is both literate and witty.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

Faithless comes with a pedigree that's hard to beat.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Slow, but involving Ullman-Bergman collaboration.

October 15, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Faithless is a journey worth taking, but it's best to travel alone.

March 4, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

It's a provocative, deeply detailed film, finely crafted both in the studio and in the editing room by Ullman.

February 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The then over-amplification of psychiatric-like meetings and counseling and the trivial and pedestrian matter of the affair are drowned in a mawkish, morose and unendurable pacing.

December 10, 2002 Full Review Source:

Henriksson, Hanzon and Josephson are fine as well, but the film belongs to Endre and Gylemo.

November 20, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

No longer seeking God and Truth, Bergman now searches for the more attainable goals of forgiveness and redemption.

November 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

It's well worth seeing ... as long as two and a half hours of intense Swedish drama don't scare you off!

November 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

A probing look at love, marriage, fidelity, rivalry, and other deep-rooted emotional issues.

November 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

Without giving too much away, I can tell you that my response to these events was a thundering 'duh.'

November 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

That it is thought provoking is no question; that it offers few epiphanies, likewise without debate.

April 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

If Ullmann has unquestionably appropriated from her years with Bergman (and Josephson) a magnificent empathy with her players, she is also rewardingly attentive to visual detail.

March 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Endre is superb in the role Ullmann would have played 20 years ago.

October 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

Faithless is Bergman at his most familiar.

July 12, 2001
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

At once harsh and beautiful, lucid and dense, delicate and overwhelming.

June 11, 2001 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Audience Reviews for Faithless

I'm not familiar with Ingmar Bergman's movies. I have not seen any of his movies till Faithless. I know it was directed by Liv Ulmann but written by Bergman. My friend told me, you will recognize Bergman's themes in almost all his movies.The movie showed an old man, representing Bergman,writing a new script for a movie. A lady accompanies him, telling him everything about her life, as a married woman, betraying her husband with his best friend and the consequences of her actions. The script seemed predictable, but was really surprising.I It was just something different for me but unbelievably good.
October 20, 2009
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