Enskilda samtal (Private Confessions) (Private Conversations)
Enskilda samtal (Private Confessions) (Private Conversations) (1999)

Originally made for television and directed by distinguished Swedish actress-turned-director Liv Ullman, this provocative drama is a sequel to director-turned-screenwriter Ingmar Bergman's autobiographical Bille August-directed drama… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 25, 2000
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ronnie Scheib
Chicago Reader

Ullman isn't particularly interested in the angst of human interaction or the difficulty of knowing truth; she seems fascinated by the pathos of feelings that are all the more intense for being of questionable integrity.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

The actors clearly respond, August conveying the turmoil of a woman trapped by circumstances and her own febrile emotions, Sydow a figure of towering moral authority and compassion.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The sight of von Sydow vomiting up a communion wafer is a pretty good indication that age hasn't mellowed the master one whit.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

Each sequence is introduced by an intertitle suggesting it will contain an isolated conversation, an archly inaccurate notion that deepens the drama by appearing to deny its complexity.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Coming from the master's hand, the result is unique, akin to a deep plunge into a northern lake -- there's a chilling clarity to the experience, a harsh beauty that's softened, yet never redeemed, by unexpected pockets of relative warmth.

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Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve

It works, and works beautifully, principally because of an outstanding performance by Ms. August.

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David Stratton
Variety

Ullmann handles the rich material with simplicity and feeling, using snatches of classical music only sparingly and concentrating on the faces of her exemplary cast.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Private Confessions achieves an enveloping intensity that goes well beyond its occasionally literal and earnest approach.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Examiner

Von Sydow is magisterial. His gaunt face and rumbling voice have become, for me, impossible to distinguish from Bergman's own.

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John Ballantine
Although this is technically an Ullmann directed film, it has all the feel of Bergman that goes beyond what he provided in the written script. What we discover… More