as Marianne Vogler
as Martin Goldman
as Petra Holst
as Anna Berg
Critic Reviews for Faithless
It's a movie that shows us that the silence between two people can be more dramatic than 100 pages of dialogue.
Bergman has been far better at working out these themes than anything in Faithless would suggest.
Bergman has reached for a woman's insight his whole career. Ullmann completes this for him.
These three adults are all sick puppies. But neither the actors nor their director has created any reason for one to care.
A powerful movie, with emotional rawness and honesty that have been hallmarks of Bergman's work as much as his incredible egocentricity.
Faithless is talky but very tight, and that cohesion relies on the bond between actors who aren't afraid to expose the depths of their characters.
Audience Reviews for Faithless
Ullmann makes a Bergman movie, using his script, actors and his location. A triangular couple relation, including Bergman? himself. Naturally the whole spectre of emotions are blown in your face.
(** 1/2): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] The film is a bit overlong, and I ultimately felt unsatisfied with the end product. I really like the concept of the film (and the cast is good), but I just can't quite recommend it. A near-miss.
Script by Ingmar Bergman film directed by Liv Ullman. An Adult film about desire, regret, selfishness. Faithless opens on an island, Faro, where an old man (Erland Josephson), The old man is visited by a character he partly remembers & partly creates, Marianne (Lena Endre, who is tremendous in the very sort of complex role that Ullman used to play so brilliantly Marianne is an actress (is she real or a ghost or dream? Or perhaps she never existed, & the whole event is a fiction.). She's also the nurturing mother of 9-year-old Isabelle (Michelle Gylemo) & contented wife of a world-famous conductor named Markus (Thomas Hanzon). Within minutes, Marianne is telling the old man how her happy life came apart, & though he listens attentively, it appears that he's also anticipating the story she has to tell, as if he knows it all too well. (Is it his story?) One of the only requirements Bergman made of Ullman was that Lena Endra appear in this starring role. She has a great likeness of the younger Ullman. The film revisits Bergman's most well-rehearsed themes loss, guilt, & remorse. The screenplay is based on an incident of infidelity in Bergman's life half a century ago. Faithless runs 2 ½ hours; it is vintage Bergman in its preoccupation with the interior life. Ullman also the shot the film in the relentless close-ups, angry guilt ridden bursts of dialogue & in the long pauses which Bergman is known for. A good deal of the film consists of close-ups of Marianne’s tear-stained face as the character deals with her guilt & sorrow over her infidelity, divorce, & the child custody battle. It is really dynamite film making. It is a very intimate film. All of Marianne’s conversations with Bergman are done in his actual studio on Faro Island in Sweden. Ullmann (Marianne) is Bergman’s former lover, with whom she has a daughter. The quotation at the start of the movie from Botho Strauss is so true & important summarized by me as divorce as a descent into hell & havoc. 5 stars
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