Fanny & Alexander Reviews
The story changes dramatically when the children's father passes & their mother remarries a harsh Lutheran Minister.
The look of this film is exquisite & the costumes are sensational. It's a dramatic & quite tragic story that just simply drags you into its world. A must see if you appreciate Ingmar Bergman.
Saw this on 15/12/16
This horrible film is ugly and pointless and has the most unrealistic characters that I've ever seen in any film. The characters are so bad that the film is nothing but exasperating. It is good in parts, however after nearly two hours, the film becomes so incomprehensible by moving way up its ass. The acting is nonetheless mostly good and it also has quite a few good moments and nostalgia as in Bergman's Wild Strawberries.
Written and directed by Ingmar Bergman, the story of two children,
Fanny and Alexander (strangely enough), and what happens after their
Underwhelming, a bit of an ordeal and vastly overrated. It's over three hours long, yet the story only really develops and has
some degree of intrigue from about the two-hour mark. Until then, it
just drifts and all feels like background, rather than plot
Even once it does pick up the drama, this gets resolved in a rather
random fashion and then goes somewhere weird and pretentious.
Overall, pointless and mostly boring. Thank goodness for the fast
forward button and sub-titles (or "how to watch a 3-hour movie in 1 1/2 hours"...).
After a slow, gentle start, Bergman lets the story take over and this little boy's fantasy begins to weave it's way into the proceedings.
The ending is well worth the wait with it's developing intensity and eventual satisfaction.
I saw the 3 hr theatrical edition, and now I'd like to see the 5 hr version bc the characters and story are given more enrichment.
Still a bit long overall, but If you are willing to invest the time, this will bring you memorable images with keeping.
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