Critic Consensus: This brooding, measured look at adultery is ultimately emotionally riveting, thanks to its script and performances.
Renowned actress-turned-director Liv Ullmann helms this bleak, nuanced film about marriage and betrayal penned by legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. The story is straightforward -- Marianne Vogler (Lena Endre) is a beautiful actress who is married to Markus (Thomas Hanzon), whose job as an orchestra conductor requires numerous concerts abroad, and who dotes on their young daughter Isabelle (Michelle Gylemo). Yet when Marianne has an affair with family friend David (Kirster Henriksson), a film director with a volcanic temper and little regard to those around him, the fallout destroys the marriage and brings grief and suffering to all involved, particularly Isabelle. Ullman and Bergman frame this plot with a tale about an elderly director named Bergman (Erland Josephson, who played opposite Ullman in Bergman's landmark Scenes from a Marriage) who is trying to write a script about infidelity. In his austerely decorated house on a remote island, Bergman invites an actress, who may or may not be a figment of his imagination, to breathe life into the character of Marianne. The actress tells Bergman of Marianne's story through flashbacks. One evening, on the closing night of the play that Marianne was in -- and while Markus is abroad -- David arrives for dinner with her and ultimately sleeps, platonically, in her bed. This unplanned intimacy soon leads to a full blown affair, including a three week romantic getaway to Paris. When Markus finally discovers the couple in flagrante delicto , he demands an immediate divorce and custody of their daughter. This film was screened in competition at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival. … More
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Critic Reviews for Faithless
It's a movie that shows us that the silence between two people can be more dramatic than 100 pages of dialogue.
Bergman has been far better at working out these themes than anything in Faithless would suggest.
Bergman has reached for a woman's insight his whole career. Ullmann completes this for him.
These three adults are all sick puppies. But neither the actors nor their director has created any reason for one to care.
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.
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.
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