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
Top Critic
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 11, 2005
A stunning and complex final bow from a stunning and complex artist.
August 5, 2005
The performances are perfectly distilled, but the traits I dislike in Bergman are all here -- self-pity, brutality, spiritual constipation, and an unwillingness to try to overcome these difficulties.
August 5, 2005
What remain intact are the filmmaker's unbreakable heart, lyrical soul and sublime art. So why should we say goodbye? Instead: Bravo. Encore.
August 5, 2005
Saraband, flat and static both visually and thematically, doesn't begin to approximate the austere beauty of the director's art-house classics.
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