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Saraband Reviews

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December 19, 2016
master director ingmar bergman's final film is a character study that almost doesn't disappoint except there is no resolution to why she needs 2 see her ex again after 30 years
March 14, 2016
Saraband is full of unbelievably real dialogue and complex characters, while being yet another Bergman study of humanity through the themes of love, death, and human interaction.
½ October 8, 2014
An outstanding final work Bergman made for TV, but it's much too good for it not to have been released theatrically. Basically Scenes from a Marriage: 30 Years Later. Nearing retirement and hearing her ex-husband has done well for himself in advanced age, curious Marianne decides on a whim to see how he's doing, decades later, and stumbles upon Johan's horrible son, who it appears is having an incestuous relationship with his daughter, who's significantly talented with the cello and wants to leave to have some semblance of a normal life but is very afraid to do so. A stunning work, a worthy finale to a remarkable career in the arts for the fine Swedish director, who through but ten dialogues can make a far better film than 90% of the other directors out there today.
July 9, 2014
"Saraband" is no minor work by any measure
½ June 11, 2014
A masterpiece from Bergman, a reflection about life, love, dreams. An honest film about failed relationships, failed parents, failed people. It seems that there is no possibility for happy people in this crew.
November 1, 2013
You bet your life I want to see the sequel to the greatest film/miniseries ever made about marital disintegration. Also, it's the last film by the man who's tied for my #1 director, so it's already obligatory viewing.
September 16, 2013
Serão ainda uns quantos os realizadores capazes de meter as mãos numa crise familiar, mas é preciso um Bergman para encarar um apocalipse familiar sem nunca temer levar o rancor e a frieza humana até limites extremos. "Saraband" pesa uma tonelada como drama e asfixia com carradas de angústia até a um ponto a que nenhum filme norte-americano chegaria (muito por causa de uma tradição de entretenimento algo oposta ao maior compromisso europeu com a arte). Bergman nem sequer tem de recorrer ao terror psicológico para nos apertar a corda à volta do pescoço. Há muito pouco em "Saraband" para desviar os olhos do ecrã (esse é um efeito mais Lars Von Trier) e há tanto para que ninguém pestaneje perante o desfalecimento doloroso das peças num xadrez familiar totalmente assombrado pelo passado. "Saraband" decorre trinta anos depois de "Scenes of a Marriage" e parece que o tempo secou os ânimos e anulou todas as hipóteses que a comédia tinha de aliviar os diálogos mais ríspidos. "Saraband" não abre espaços para a comédia e o seu sarcasmo é demasiado ácido para enquadrar-se nessa categoria. É uma sequela, mas funciona perfeitamente como filme isolado. Liv Ullmann mostra que é muito mais uma força da natureza do que uma simples actriz e a jovem Julia Dufvenius dá indicativos de que pode ser uma boa herdeira. Passa por elas (e por uma determinante terceira mulher ausente) a última palavra de "Saraband" e uma das últimas na obra de Bergman: só uma mulher é capaz de um amor gigantesco e incondicional enquanto dois homens travam uma guerra sem tréguas.
½ February 3, 2013
Well-made Ingmar Bergmann drama chronicling an elderly divorced couple, Marianne and Johan (Liv Ullman and Erland Josephman), who reunite in many years after their relationship disbanded. They are able to get along surprisingly well, but they are faced with a substantial problem. Johan's granddaughter (Julia Dufvenius) comes to them in need of help, because her father and Johan's son, Henrik (Borje Ahlstedt) is a suicidal, obsessive, and insane cello player who is on the verge of taking his own life. Generally compelling drama that reunites two older actors from director Bergmann's 1974 hit, "Scenes from a Marriage." Nicely filmed and acted, but a bit confusing at times.
January 16, 2013
The Best Film of Ingmar Bergman,for me !!!
Super Reviewer
September 19, 2012
Late Bergman that wasn't quite as well received as his earlier films. I liked it though. We still have very profound relationships to explore.
September 3, 2012
It makes you weep, smile and think, but most of all it makes your jaw dance the lambada on the floor. No-one delves into tortured psyches like Bergman does. A visceral and hauntingly dramatic exit.
½ March 1, 2012
not up to the level of Scenes of a marriage, but very touching portrayal of human anguish, and the bipolarity of human character
December 17, 2011
When Marianne and Johan finally reunite after a lifetime apart its Bergman at his best. The pain, memories, hope and the brutal reality, just brilliant. Then the movie shifts and focuses on Johan's son Henrik and his daughter Karin. I was disappointed at first but the dynamic they share with each other as well as with Johan and Marianne is really fascinating. All four actors are brilliant and the way Bergman cares for each character shines through wonderfully. A fitting last film for one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.
August 30, 2011
Bergman's last masterpiece! I really loved this film, especially the performances of each actor. I was in awe of it's beauty, of each frame. Especially how Bergman shows "Anna." It is just as great as Scenes from a Marriage, if not better.
½ July 11, 2011
An interesting companion to Scenes from a Marriage, though not as emotionally compelling or rewarding. Ullmann and Josephson fit these characters wonderfully all these years later, but Julia Dufvenius steals the film.
June 6, 2011
Bergman added way too much to something that was simple and beautiful in the beginning (Scenes from a marriage)
May 8, 2011
I think it's fair to say that this is minor Bergman, but it's still Bergman, with restrained, pitch perfect actors and perfect camera angles and lighting. This is a small story told impeccibly.
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