Private Confessions

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Movie Info

Five conversations frame a flawed marriage in this film written by Ingmar Bergman about his parents. Guilt-ridden wife Anna (Pernilla August) divulges an extramarital affair to a priest, her uncle Jacob (Max von Sydow). He presses her to confess her sins to her husband, Henrik. As the film moves back and forth in time, the notion of truth is tested. Tomas, the lover, and Henrik will find that Anna's confessions do not absolve anyone, and have the power to inflict more pain.

Cast & Crew

Samuel Fröler
Henrik
Thomas Hanzon
Tomas Egerman
Gunnel Fred
Märta Gärdsjö
Hans Alfredson
Bishop Agrell
Sven Nykvist
Cinematographer
Mette Möller
Production Design
Inger Pehrsson
Costume Designer
Cecilia Drott
Makeup Artist
Per Boström
Sound Effects Editor
Christian Christensen
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Critic Reviews for Enskilda samtal (Private Confessions) (Private Conversations)

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    September 7, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • Ullman isn't particularly interested in the angst of human interaction or the difficulty of knowing truth; she seems fascinated by the pathos of feelings that are all the more intense for being of questionable integrity.

    July 31, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Each sequence is introduced by an intertitle suggesting it will contain an isolated conversation, an archly inaccurate notion that deepens the drama by appearing to deny its complexity.

    July 31, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Ullmann handles the rich material with simplicity and feeling, using snatches of classical music only sparingly and concentrating on the faces of her exemplary cast.

    July 31, 2007

    David Stratton

    Variety
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  • The actors clearly respond, August conveying the turmoil of a woman trapped by circumstances and her own febrile emotions, Sydow a figure of towering moral authority and compassion.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Coming from the master's hand, the result is unique, akin to a deep plunge into a northern lake -- there's a chilling clarity to the experience, a harsh beauty that's softened, yet never redeemed, by unexpected pockets of relative warmth.

    March 19, 2002 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Enskilda samtal (Private Confessions) (Private Conversations)

  • Feb 24, 2012
    Although this is technically an Ullmann directed film, it has all the feel of Bergman that goes beyond what he provided in the written script. What we discover is how much of the real Bergman story is portayed in his films.
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