Persona (1966)

An actress recovering from a mental breakdown develops an intense relationship with her nurse in this modernist, self-reflexive psychodrama.

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: October 18, 1966
DVD Release Date: March 16, 2004
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Arguably Bergman's finest film, Persona explores the human condition with intense curiosity, immense technical skill, and beguiling warmth.

Pauline Kael
New Yorker

[Bergman] gives us a movie within a movie, but he seems hardly to have made the enclosing movie, and then he throws away the inner one.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Bergman blends a theatrical subjectivity with a tactile visual intimacy, with his characters, the objects close at hand, and the superb coastal landscape.

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Penelope Houston
The Spectator

Maybe one's quarrel with Bergman has to do with a feeling that even austerity begins to look like a special kind of emotional self-indulgence.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

One of the screen's supreme works and perhaps Ingmar Bergman's finest film.

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TIME Magazine

Director Ingmar Bergman is modern cinema's most persistent observer of the human condition.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

This is the ultimate celluloid Rorschach test, where the production refuses to offer a straightforward solution to the maze of thorny challenges.

J. Hoberman
Village Voice

[A] masterpiece.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Ingmar Bergman's best film, I suppose, though it's still fairly tedious and overloaded with avant-garde cliches.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

One of the most complicated and radical films even Bergman ever made.

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Surrealist and intense, Ingmar Bergman's Persona, it's an unique masterpiece.
Sophie Burgess
An interesting look into mental health that twists and turns around the main question of 'who is who' and 'what makes me'. Brilliant… More
Dan Schultz
An intense, well-constructed look on insanity, denial, and femininity at a cabin along a beach, where a nurse (Bibi Andersson) and recently near-catatonic… More