Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata)
Höstsonaten (Autumn Sonata) (1978)

Directed by Ingmar Bergman, this intense domestic drama offers insight into the troubled relationships between a mother and her two daughters, one of whom is dying of a terrible disease that has left her paralyzed and only able to… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1978
DVD Release Date: January 11, 2000
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Gary Arnold
Washington Post

Bergman's casting coup lives up to expectations. Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann invest their roles with undeniable emotional conviction and impact.

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

Autumn Sonata can finally be seen as an austerely beautiful meditation on death and the not-always-realized possibility of reconciliation across generations.

James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The movie makes good chamber music: it's a crafted miniature with Bergman's usual bombast built, for once, into the plot requirements.

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Ted Whitehead
The Spectator

[Bergman's] self conscious, immensely grave direction suggests some statement about the meaning of life and all that. It is all exquisitely tedious.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

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Paul Taylor
Time Out

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

A simple but extremely powerful and focused drama.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This very good Ingrid and Ingmar Bergman film is very easy to love for its honesty and passion ...

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Ingrid is great as a totally self involved woman of great musical talent but no outward vision beyond how it serves her no matter how she tries. The rest of the… More
John Ballantine
Although the Flixter critic suggests that this is a minor work of Bergman's, I enjoyed it terribly. So many of Ingmar's films work because of the… More
Cassandra Maples
This is one of the very best Ingmar Bergman films I have seen, and therefore one of the very best films. Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullman are simply amazing… More
Alec Barniskis
Its a devastatingly sad film, and while I wouldn't count it among Ingmar Bergman's absolute best (mostly because the first half of the film dives into… More
Eric Broome
Affecting less due to the story, and more due to observing still-radiant Ingrid Bergman in the twilight of her life. Otherwise, there's not much happening… More
Tom S.
Ingrid outshines Ingmar in their only film together.