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The Passion of Anna (En Passion) (1970)




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Liv Ullmann plays the widowed, crippled Anna Fromm, who while traveling on a remote island calls upon reclusive ex-convict Andreas (Max von Sydow) in order to use his telephone. After Anna leaves, Andreas discovers she's left her purse behind; he opens it, hoping to find some identification. A letter in the purse details Anna's unhappy marriage and the depths of her loneliness. Eventually, Anna moves in with Andreas, who has become more closely acquainted with her through the intervention of Anna's friends Ellis and Evan Vergerus (Bibi Andersson and Erland Josephson). But tensions and conflicts ensue, and threaten to destroy the burgeoning relationship between Anna and Andreas. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Max von Sydow
as Andreas
Erik Hell
as Johan Andersson
Sigge Fuerst
as Verner
Britta Brunius
as Woman in dream
Lars-Owe Carlberg
as Police officer
Malin Ek
as Woman in dream
Svea Holst
as Verner's wife
Annika Kronberg
as Katarina
Barbro Hjort af Ornäs
as Woman in dream
Hjoerdis Pettersson
as Johan's sister
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Critic Reviews for The Passion of Anna (En Passion)

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3)

Another bold step forward in Bergman's analysis of human isolation.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The Passion of Anna is one of Bergman's most beautiful films (it is his second in color), all tawny, wintry grays and browns, deep blacks, and dark greens, highlighted occasionally by splashes of red, sometimes blood.

Full Review… | December 8, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A tentative, plotless film that pulses with the rhythms of life rather than the rhythms of drama.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Flawed, but still brilliant, The Passion is an essential.

Full Review… | September 5, 2007
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Sven Nykvist's color cinematography makes Ullmann's blue eyes a thing to behold.

Full Review… | August 11, 2007
Combustible Celluloid

Never less than fascinating, even when it falters.

Full Review… | August 10, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Passion of Anna (En Passion)

Another masterpiece from Ingmar Bergman, The Passion of Anna is an intense psychological study that features gripping performances, a great script, and beautiful cinematography.

Alex Suszko
Alex Suszko

If you make it past a very dull first 50 mins you should enjoy it. If it remained at the same pace as the first fifty-minutes this would've been more toward the 2 star range. There will be one scene in this first half that'll leave you shaken up, the rest will leave you yawning. After this the film builds up as you see Anna's darker side. She was always a weird one but we never saw the sinister version of her. Bergman style is very unique even using clips from past films of his and interviewing the actors for character analysis mid movie.

Daniel Dolgin
Daniel Dolgin

Super Reviewer

The Passion of Anna, which takes place on a remote island, is an extremely complex tale about four people trying to fill the voids left by disillusion and past tragedies.

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