Saraband Reviews

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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.
February 27, 2007
June 24, 2006
A parlour-room theatre of emotional cruelty, with all exits barred by the past.
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.
September 9, 2005
The performances -- welling, unified and multidimensional -- are beyond praise, as are Bergman's visual images.
August 12, 2005
For those inclined to search for psychological twists, the film offers plenty of Freudian situations capable of provoking lengthy discussions. For the film buff, the discussions will turn to a Bergman still at the peak of his craft.
August 24, 2017
Certainly Bergman is what he is: the great man, with almost countless films to his credit.
August 7, 2012
It is existential gruel, ten portions of misery handed down from the master. Compelling and intense, it is also pitiless.
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.
June 5, 2008
Bergman has a sharp talent for observing human conflicts without claiming to fully understand them.
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