Efter repetitionen (After the Rehearsal) (1984) - Rotten Tomatoes

Efter repetitionen (After the Rehearsal) (1984)




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Ingmar Bergman's After the Rehearsal stars Erland Josephson as a theater director named Henrik Volger. He is in the midst of mounting a production of a Strindberg play when he is visited by Anna Egerman (Lena Olin), an actress whom he has cast in the play. Volger was involved with Anna's mother, Rakel (Ingrid Thulin), an alcoholic has-been actress who once was Volger's lover. Rakel intrudes upon their conversation, and the two women confront Henrik about how he has lived his life. This 72-minute production originally aired on Swedish television before receiving theatrical distribution. The cinematographer on the film is Bergman's longtime collaborator Sven Nykvist. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi


Erland Josephson
as Henrik Vogler
Ingrid Thulin
as Rakel Egerman
Lena Olin
as Anna Egerman
Bertil Guve
as Henrik at age 12

Critic Reviews for Efter repetitionen (After the Rehearsal)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

After the Rehearsal may well be another Bergman classic.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

There is something liberating in the very schematism of the project: he no longer needs to pretend that his mouthpieces are real people.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Ingmar Bergman's personal meditation about life and art introduced to international cinema the talented and sexy Lena Olin.

Full Review… | January 29, 2013

The director's mea culpa for choosing his art over his family life.

Full Review… | September 19, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Although After the Rehearsal is blessed with three superb performances (especially Thulin, as a has-been actress who attacks the director for having abandoned her), it is trapped in its staginess.

Full Review… | August 29, 2006
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Efter repetitionen (After the Rehearsal)

So personal it almost hurts (but hey, the man directed a movie called 'Persona'). But as I always say, a Bergman a day keeps death away. What a filmmaker, and an artist - this is one of his most naked works, and seeing it again I'm reminded how good Erland Josephson was. Lena Olin rises to the challenge too, long before she became a semi-known Hollywood talent.

Jack Gattanella
Jack Gattanella

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 Broome
Eric Broome

Super Reviewer


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 Springer
Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer

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