After the Rehearsal

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A veteran theater director, Henrik (Erland Josephson), is staging a production of Strindberg's "Dream Play." Dozing after rehearsal, he's woken by Anna (Lena Olin), his lead actress, who seems out to seduce him. Anna's mother was Rakel (Ingrid Thulin), a deceased alcoholic actress and Henrik's former mistress. The presence of Anna makes Henrik think about his past with Rakel, as well as the mistakes he has made in his life, while he also imagines a possible future with Anna.

Cast & Crew

Erland Josephson
Older Henrik Vogler
Ingrid Thulin
Rakel Egerman
Lena Olin
Older Anna Egerman
Nadja Palmstjerna-Weiss
Young Anna Egerman
Bertil Guve
Young Henrik Vogler
Jörn Donner
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Sven Nykvist
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Sylvia Ingemarsson
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Critic Reviews for Efter repetitionen (After the Rehearsal)

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (1)

  • Rarely, in fact, has a film succeeded so well in projecting the kinds of interior states usually conceded to novels, but forfeited by films.

    April 27, 2018 | Full Review…

    Jay Carr

    Boston Globe
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  • "After the Rehearsal" evolves into such a fascinating, convincing reflection of backstage psychology and emotional combat that it should prove irresistible to anyone susceptible to the lore of the theater.

    May 5, 2017 | Full Review…
  • What we are left with at the end of After the Rehearsal, however, is the very strong sense of an artist who has sacrificed many lives for the sake of his art, and now wonders if perhaps one of those lives was his own.

    October 23, 2004 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • After the Rehearsal may well be another Bergman classic.

    May 20, 2003 | Rating: 5/5
  • There is something liberating in the very schematism of the project: he no longer needs to pretend that his mouthpieces are real people.

    January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Ingmar Bergman's personal meditation about life and art introduced to international cinema the talented and sexy Lena Olin.

    January 29, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Efter repetitionen (After the Rehearsal)

  • Oct 27, 2010
    With "After the Rehearsal," Ingmar Bergman limits his tools to one minimal set and just three speaking parts. Erland Josephson stars as Bergman alter-ego Henrik, a veteran "difficult" director who's not shy about bullying actors to get what he wants. He's sitting onstage in an empty theater, lost in contemplation, when actress Anna (Lena Olin) enters. The two have an ambivalent relationship mixing attraction and resentment, and soon are drawn into a long discussion about their own bond as well as the general dynamic between a director and his cast. This obviously serves as a platform for Bergman venting many of his personal ideas and frustrations. But Henrik is also the ex-lover of Anna's late mother Rakel (Ingrid Thulin), a volatile actress who drank too much and erratically veered between arrogance and insecurity. As her foibles are debated, the film's middle detours into an extended flashback conversation between she and Henrik. To add a surreal touch, the set never changes and Anna reverts to a silent, pubescent girl. For the third section, Henrik and Anna wrap up their dialogue, climaxing in an electric exchange where they spontaneously imagine future events as if brainstorming a fresh play. "After the Rehearsal"'s stiff construction is bound to alienate many viewers but, with a 70-minute running time, it's not a rigorous test of one's patience. And Josephson and Thulin are magnificent, of course, just as they were in so many earlier Bergman projects.
    Eric B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 30, 2008
    Excelling tribute to memories and...fading desire.A great t.v. movie and the first one after Bergman's official retirement with Fanny och Alexander.The name Vogler is not a surprise to Bergman fans,moreover the story itself looks as if it's a race for the elderly theater director's life,closing accounts before his imminent (?) death.
    Dimitris S Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2008
    Outstanding performances and direction.
    Anthony V Super Reviewer

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