Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata)
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Ingrid Bergman, the Swedish expatriate who became one of Hollywood's greatest stars, and Ingmar Bergman, one of the world's most acclaimed filmmakers and Sweden's most honored director, worked together for the first and only time in this intensely personal drama about the troubled relationship between a mother and daughter. Charlotte (Ingrid Bergman) is an acclaimed concert pianist who is visiting her daughter Eva (Liv Ullmann), the wife of a parson in a rural community, for the first time in seven years. While Charlotte and Eva struggle to be civil, there is a deep emotional gulf… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The movie makes good chamber music: it's a crafted miniature with Bergman's usual bombast built, for once, into the plot requirements."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A simple but extremely powerful and focused drama."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Ingmar says, "No." Ingrid says, "Yes." They're both right and both wrong, but it is Ingrid, in her last feature film performance, whose "Yes" carries more conviction and authority."
‑ Dan Callahan, Slant Magazine
"Ingrid Bergman won her last Oscar nomination for her very last feature in this intense mother-daughter melodrama, directed by Ingmar Bergman."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"With its raw performances and lyrical dialogue this is a sombre, resonant, lingering drama about family dysfunction and emotional frustration."
‑ Jon Fortgang, Film4
"Of course Bergman's actresses suffer superbly in microscopic close-up, but the nagging doubt persists as to whether this is incisive psychodrama or just those old nordic blues again."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"has a steady, accumulating power, and while it ranks high among Bergman's dramas, it is not quite a masterpiece, at least not on the level of Cries and Whispers (1972) and Scenes From a Marriage (1973), his signature films of the period."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"This very good Ingrid and Ingmar Bergman film is very easy to love for its honesty and passion ..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Though Ingrid and Ingmar Bergman aren't related, their pairing on a movie set was a long-anticipated event"
‑ Mark Athitakis, Filmcritic.com
"[It] absolutely overwhelms our senses and becomes for 92 minutes the only reality we can know."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
"Autumn Sonata can finally be seen as an austerely beautiful meditation on death and the not-always-realized possibility of reconciliation across generations."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"This is not a comfortable movie, but it isn't meant to be. It's a difficult work, but that very difficulty is what makes it rewarding."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"There is too much talk, talk, talk about feelings and not enough demonstration of them, but like cream, Ingrid keeps rising to the top of the chatter."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Probes in an intelligent and affecting way the ambivalent feelings in mother-daughter relationships"
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A stunningly accomplished chamber drama from Ingmar Bergman."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
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