En Passion (A Passion) (The Passion of Anna) Reviews
Where are the contemporary films to match such genius, where are the voices to guide us through the fog?
Andreas resides on an island as a hermit of sorts. He is in a deep depression due to a divorce and ruined family. His neighbors are going through a similar process as he went through and he tries his best to be supportive so they don't also divorce. Meanwhile, he encounters a strange woman named Anna and they fall in love, but she has strange delusions she struggles with. Meanwhile, someone on the island is killing animals.
"We lived in harmony."
Ingmar Bergman, director of The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Persona, Fanny and Alexander, Cries & Whispers, The Rite, The Touch, and All These Women, delivers The Passion of Anna. The storyline for this picture is intricate and contains many unique components but wasn't as compelling as I would have hoped. The acting was solid and the cast includes Max von Sydow, Liv Ullman, Bibi Anderson, and Erland Josephson.
"You'd better put it out of its misery."
I came across this on Netflix and thought it would be an interesting old school thriller. I found it just okay. The plot is above average and well written but not overly intense. This isn't a must see but is worth a viewing if you're a fan of 60/70s thrillers.
"She takes refuge in lies and dissimulation."
That being said, just like all the movies I've seen of his, this movie has so many strange and beautiful moments. Many of the monologues, like when Anna basically tells the camera the story of her family dying, are heartbreaking and feel so real. The colors are beautiful, and so many of the individual scenes are wonderfully executed, like the beginning of Andreas and Eva's affair. It didn't totally cohere for me, and the message eluded me a bit, but I was still able to luxuriate in the beauty of the visuals and get a sense for the dark nature of the characters. It's strange, but this is a movie I felt was beautiful without necessarily liking it that much.
Bergman is a master of presenting the darker side of human nature. Each film I've seen (only a handful) has left a mark. The only thing that bothered me about THE PASSION OF ANNA was the cast interviews during the film! Artistic or not, there wasn't any need to explain the characters in the slightest, as everything is apparent. With that aside, Anna reminds me of someone close to me, minus the killing of animals and people, of course. Powerful stuff, as is all of Bergman's films that I have seen.