Efter repetitionen (After the Rehearsal)
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Efter repetitionen (After the Rehearsal)
Ingmar Bergman's After the Rehearsal stars Erland Josephson as a theater director named Henrik Volger. He is in the midst of mounting a production of a Strindberg play when he is visited by Anna Egerman (Lena Olin), an actress whom he has cast in the play. Volger was involved with Anna's mother, Rakel (Ingrid Thulin), an alcoholic has-been actress who once was Volger's lover. Rakel intrudes upon their conversation, and the two women confront Henrik about how he has lived his life. This 72-minute production originally aired on Swedish television before receiving theatrical… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What we are left with at the end of After the Rehearsal, however, is the very strong sense of an artist who has sacrificed many lives for the sake of his art, and now wonders if perhaps one of those lives was his own."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Ingmar Bergman's personal meditation about life and art introduced to international cinema the talented and sexy Lena Olin."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Ingmar Bergman's own little Tempest in a teapot... Hardly light material, but it's pretty frisky stuff for Bergman."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"After the Rehearsal may well be another Bergman classic."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The director's mea culpa for choosing his art over his family life."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Reveals the intricate dynamics of male-female sexual dynamics and leaves us more convinced than ever of the bittersweetness of human love"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"There is something liberating in the very schematism of the project: he no longer needs to pretend that his mouthpieces are real people."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Although After the Rehearsal is blessed with three superb performances (especially Thulin, as a has-been actress who attacks the director for having abandoned her), it is trapped in its staginess."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A stark and haunting conclusion to Bergman's main period that combines an intelligent approach to weighty issues with the director's visual flair."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
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