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As the final masterwork of Ingmar Bergman, the world's most revered cinematic craftsperson, Saraband embodies the sequel to the director's five-hour Scenes from a Marriage, produced and directed 30 years after that original epic. Here, Bergman revisits the two characters from that film, divorcees Johan (Erland Josephson) and Marianne (Liv Ullmann), after years of estrangement from one another. Marianne now lives alone; of her two middle-aged daughters from the marriage to Johan, one lives in Australia, while the other suffered a mental breakdown. Marianne has contact with neither.… More
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"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."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"The performances -- welling, unified and multidimensional -- are beyond praise, as are Bergman's visual images."
‑ Tim Page, Washington Post
"It is existential gruel, ten portions of misery handed down from the master. Compelling and intense, it is also pitiless."
‑ , Film4
"So many great directors seem to go out with a whimper. Ingmar Bergman has gone out with a bang."
‑ Brandon Fibbs, BrandonFibbs.com
"No one else could have made it, and you should see it."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
"A parlour-room theatre of emotional cruelty, with all exits barred by the past."
‑ , Time Out
"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."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Saraband is a commandingly restrained final composition and -- as the theme of classical musicianship suggests -- very much an affair of close attention to the nuances of performance."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Sight and Sound
"We find [Bergman]at 87, sifting through his pictures, wondering at the choices he's made."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Insightful as ever but a little dated in the set-up and treatment of the shooting."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"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."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"A stunning and complex final bow from a stunning and complex artist."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Bergman has a sharp talent for observing human conflicts without claiming to fully understand them."
‑ Robert Davis, Paste Magazine
"It goes without saying that Saraband doesn't make for light hearted viewing. But this is a powerful, emotional family drama that can happily rank with some of Bergman's best work."
‑ Matt McAllister, Future Movies UK
"Powerful and more than a little depressing, but it's also essential filmmaking for anyone who cares about one of the giants of cinema."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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