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Scener ur ett äktenskap (Scenes from a Marriage)

Scener ur ett äktenskap (Scenes from a Marriage) (1974)


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Marianne and Johan always seemed like the perfect couple. But when Johan suddenly leaves Marianne for another woman, they are forced to confront the disintegration of their marriage.


Art House & International, Drama

Ingmar Bergman

Mar 16, 2004

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All Critics (16) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (1) | DVD (12)

The film is an uncompromisingly harrowing and honest account of male-female relationships.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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One of the truest, most luminous love stories ever made.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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It's a movie of such extraordinary intimacy that it has the effect of breaking into mysterious components many things we ordinarily accept without thought, familiar and banal objects, faces, attitudes, and emotions, especially love.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Bergman's screenplay leaves nothing to the imagination and turns the film into a windy soap opera most of the time; what might have been a masterpiece in the TV original (although I doubt it) becomes in its truncated form mostly elegant mush.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (3)
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Left so little to the imagination.

August 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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There is little plot to speak of -- the film's chief force lying in its dramatization of marital trauma -- but viewers will be deeply moved by the marvelous acting and the honesty of Bergman's screenplay.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Reflecting the feminist movement, this raw, uncompromising anatomy of marriage, centers on Liv Ullmann's doubts, despair and confusion after her husband leaves her

August 21, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

A dramatically absorbing and psychologically rich portrait of a couple whose intimate relationship is falling apart and evolving into something quite different.

April 29, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

It peels the skin off marriage to see how it really ticks.

April 26, 2004

This raw and uncompromising movie, which should be required viewing for anyone even thinking about getting hitched, has endured as one of Bergman's finest achievements.

March 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Shot in 16mm and tightly photographed, the film is immediate and unflinching in its probity, its scenes ranging from the enormously cruel to the redemptive.

March 16, 2004 Full Review Source:

The shelf life of a marriage is meticulously plotted by Sweden's leading arthouse director. Not that the plotting is over: Saraband, is the master's newest edition to the marriage saga-- years after and will be released this year ( 2003).

July 5, 2003
Movie Magazine International

Bergman's film is full of acute, resonant observations on the emotional lives of its characters, the memory of which lingers long after the closing credits.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Audience Reviews for Scener ur ett äktenskap (Scenes from a Marriage)

This film almost tops Closer as one of the meanest films ever. Some of the dialogue and actions are so emotionally damaging that it defies description. Josephson and Ullmann are truly amazing, and it occasionally seems like there wasn't even a script - that we're just looking in on these people's lives.
However, I have two issues. First, it is clear to me from the beginning that this marriage is in trouble, and the fact that the characters are so naively oblivious almost makes us lose respect for them. Second, Bergman's quick zooms were annoying and unnecessary, and there were moments when the film was almost too claustrophobic.
On a personal note, it was scary to see a true asshole use an argument that I used in real life. It doesn't necessarily mean the argument was wrong, but it made me wonder if my assholishness is beyond my comfort level.
October 17, 2010
Jim Hunter

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Rarely can there have been a wordier, more intense film than Ingmar Bergman's 'Scenes from a Marriage': over three hours of near-continuous dialogue, over 90% of which is shared by just two (of a total of six) characters in what are effectively just six lengthy scenes. Set over a number of years, they observe a couple's changing relationship, and in particular the gradual and ambiguous transfer of power from the husband to the wife. The characters fit a Scandanavian archetype, reserved rather than fiery, and intellectual to boot: of more modern films, only David Mamet's 'Oleanna' comes to mind as remotely similar, although the dialogue in that film is more forced and contrived than that in this one, which closer resembles that of Kieslowski, although the latter's films were of course much less wordy. If it sounds dreary, the surprising thing is how riveting it is: superb, economical acting, and the splendid script, keep you focused, even though not a lot (in the conventional sense) actually happens. And while you'll watch more accessible movies, it's certainly fair to say that you'll rarely see a film this old that feels less dated. It's not quite entertainment as usually defined; but it's certainly interesting.
December 13, 2009

Super Reviewer

I watched the two hour and forty-five minute version of this film and maybe I am missing a lot. Either way, the acting is amazing throughout by the two leads. There scenes are great, but very draining emotionally. The reason that I would say that I like Cassavettes more because of the personality that is put into each of the characters. I guess what I am saying is that is kind of hard to feel sorry for some really successful people who can do and feel whatever they want because they can afford to. And I thought the ending was kind of a cop out. In other words, I loved the characters and appreciated the fact that they were in love with one another, but on the other hand wondered why two selfish people like these even get married in the first place.
December 30, 2008

Super Reviewer

Possibly one of the most accurate films about the beginnings of the end of marraige and the circumstances that bring it about. You can imagine similar stories unfolding among couples that reach a breaking point in their relationships. One of Bergman's finest.
March 18, 2013
John Ballantine

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Foreign Titles

  • Szenen einer Ehe (DE)
  • Scenes From a Marriage (Scener ur ett aktenskap) (UK)
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