Saraband (2003)

Marianne and Johan meet again after 30 years without contact, when Marianne suddenly feels a need to see her ex-husband again. She decides to visit Johan at his old summerhouse in the western province of Dalarna. And so, one beautiful… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: December 1, 2003
DVD Release Date: January 10, 2006
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: If Saraband appears to be a minor entry in Ingmar Bergman's filmography, it's still an accomplished piece of work from one of cinema's greatest masters.

David Ansen

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.

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Tim Page
Washington Post

The performances -- welling, unified and multidimensional -- are beyond praise, as are Bergman's visual images.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

Certainly Bergman is what he is: the great man, with almost countless films to his credit.

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Time Out

A parlour-room theatre of emotional cruelty, with all exits barred by the past.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

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.

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It is existential gruel, ten portions of misery handed down from the master. Compelling and intense, it is also pitiless.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

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.

Eleanor Ringel Cater
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A stunning and complex final bow from a stunning and complex artist.

Jonathan Romney
Sight and Sound

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 86% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
[font=Century Gothic]"Saraband", written and directed by Ingmar Bergman, takes place thirty years after the events of "Scenes from a… More
John Ballantine
Late Bergman that wasn't quite as well received as his earlier films. I liked it though. We still have very profound relationships to explore.

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