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Saraband Reviews

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Film4
August 7, 2012
It is existential gruel, ten portions of misery handed down from the master. Compelling and intense, it is also pitiless.
Jonathan Romney
Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Saraband is a commandingly restrained final composition and -- as the theme of classical musicianship suggests -- very much an affair of close attention to the nuances of performance.
Robert Davis
Paste Magazine
June 5, 2008
Bergman has a sharp talent for observing human conflicts without claiming to fully understand them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brandon Fibbs
BrandonFibbs.com
February 28, 2008
So many great directors seem to go out with a whimper. Ingmar Bergman has gone out with a bang.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
With Saraband, the great writer-director has stepped back into the ring for one last epic wrestle with his demons. There is, as always, no easy outcome. But no one ever fought for higher emotional and spiritual stakes.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
We find [Bergman]at 87, sifting through his pictures, wondering at the choices he's made.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
A parlour-room theatre of emotional cruelty, with all exits barred by the past.
Matt McAllister
Future Movies UK
June 3, 2006
It goes without saying that Saraband doesn't make for light hearted viewing. But this is a powerful, emotional family drama that can happily rank with some of Bergman's best work.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
No one else could have made it, and you should see it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Insightful as ever but a little dated in the set-up and treatment of the shooting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 1, 2006
Powerful and more than a little depressing, but it's also essential filmmaking for anyone who cares about one of the giants of cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 28, 2006
Any Bergman is better than most of the art-house dramas that have been shipped to the States from Europe in recent times.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 2, 2005
While bringing an abundance of inspiration to this world, Bergman unapologetically refused to ignore the pain and darkness that infects mankind. There will never be another filmmaker like him.
| Original Score: 3/4
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
November 8, 2005
confessional outbursts are captured in lengthy takes, usually in mercilessly tight close-ups.... It's as if Bergman is taking X-rays of their souls.
Jamie Woolley
BBC.com
October 8, 2005
Even if it is, as he claims, his last film, Saraband will be a testament to Bergman's skill as a filmmaker, still a creative force to be reckoned with after 60-plus years in the business.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tim Page
Washington Post
September 9, 2005
The performances -- welling, unified and multidimensional -- are beyond praise, as are Bergman's visual images.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 26, 2005
Like the best of Ingmar Bergman's films, Saraband has a hypnotic quality that draws in audiences who are patient.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 26, 2005
A haunting series of heartbreaking duets between people for whom love is distant and death is uncomfortably close.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 25, 2005
Most films are so insipid that there's something perversely refreshing about a movie in which a monstrous father compliments his son for his 'healthy dose of hatred...'
| Original Score: '3/4'
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 25, 2005
Bergman is still at the top of his game, every bit as much in control of his faculties for deciphering human misery.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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