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En Passion (A Passion) (The Passion of Anna)

En Passion (A Passion) (The Passion of Anna) (1970)

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Liv Ullmann plays the widowed, crippled Anna Fromm, who while traveling on a remote island calls upon reclusive ex-convict Andreas (Max von Sydow) in order to use his telephone. After Anna leaves, Andreas discovers she's left her purse behind; he opens it, hoping to find some identification. A letter in the purse details Anna's unhappy marriage and the depths of her loneliness. Eventually, Anna moves in with Andreas, who has become more closely acquainted with her through the intervention of

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Art House & International, Drama

Ingmar Bergman

Feb 10, 2004

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Another bold step forward in Bergman's analysis of human isolation.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The Passion of Anna is one of Bergman's most beautiful films (it is his second in color), all tawny, wintry grays and browns, deep blacks, and dark greens, highlighted occasionally by splashes of red, sometimes blood.

December 8, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A tentative, plotless film that pulses with the rhythms of life rather than the rhythms of drama.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Flawed, but still brilliant, The Passion is an essential.

September 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Sven Nykvist's color cinematography makes Ullmann's blue eyes a thing to behold.

August 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Never less than fascinating, even when it falters.

August 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The Passion of Anna employs some interesting techniques, such as interviews with each of the four main actors and also sheds some light on many of the baroque mannerisms and symbols that have come to be associated with Bergman.

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

The "passion" of the film's title is not a physical suffering, like Christ's at Golgotha, but an emotional one, an exposing of oneself to the world for the sake of love.

April 14, 2004 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Um filme de erros e acertos: o plano final, por exemplo, é brilhante; em contrapartida, as entrevistas com os atores durante a projeção acabam soando apenas pretensiosas.

February 22, 2004
Cinema em Cena

While it lacks the lightness of touch and smooth flow that distinguishes Bergman at his finest, this is still a powerful, profound work of art.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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Audience Reviews for En Passion (A Passion) (The Passion of Anna)

Apart from the moving imagery and the fantastic acting - especially by Liv Ullmann, The Passion of Anna is quite a slow burner with not much pay off. It lacks the same magic and wisdom or his other work around this time but also represents a change in direction and a bit of a lull between two peaks of success. This is all in comparison to other work though, The Passion of Anna is a delicate but brutal tale of bitter relationships, purposely unpleasant at times but pretty hard to enjoy fully.
October 25, 2011
SirPant

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Bergman is the master when it comes to dealing with the intricacies of love and relationships, this film is extraordinary in the way it slowly gives us an insight into these four lost souls as the struggle to make sense of life and try to find their way which isn't easy, the bleak landscape, the desolation, the sparse dialogue, Liv Ullemans face in close up all come together to produce an explosive emotional roller-coaster with an inevitable outcome, the violence of the characters emotions spill over into the environment in the form of an unexplained killer of dumb animals.

Where are the contemporary films to match such genius, where are the voices to guide us through the fog?
December 13, 2009
matertenebraum

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If you make it past a very dull first 50 mins you should enjoy it. If it remained at the same pace as the first fifty-minutes this would've been more toward the 2 star range. There will be one scene in this first half that'll leave you shaken up, the rest will leave you yawning. After this the film builds up as you see Anna's darker side. She was always a weird one but we never saw the sinister version of her. Bergman style is very unique even using clips from past films of his and interviewing the actors for character analysis mid movie.
August 23, 2012
Daniel Dolgin

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