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Autumn Sonata

(Höstsonaten / Herbstsonate)
West Germany/Sweden/Norway 1978. Dir: Ingmar Bergman. 93 min. DCP

Actress Ingrid Bergman’s only film for director Ingmar Bergman was this wrenching mother-daughter psychodrama, shot in painterly autumnal colour tones by cinematographer Sven Nykvist. Bergman plays Charlotte, a renowned concert pianist visiting Eva (Liv Ullmann), her adult daughter, for the first time in many years. Eva, dowdy and repressed, is unhappily married to a provincial parson, and now takes cares of her disabled sister Helena (Lena Nyman), whom Charlotte had once locked away in an institution. A lifetime of pent-up rage and resentment is unleashed as daughter and mother go face to face in an exchange of recrimination, self-justification, and confession. The emotional ferocity is magnified by Bergman and Nykvist’s masterful use of close-up. Autumn Sonata earned Oscar nominations for Ingrid’s performance and Ingmar’s original screenplay. It also proved to be Ingrid’s last feature film before her death in 1982.


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REVIEWS

"An austerely beautiful meditation on death and the not-always-realized possibility of reconciliation across generations."

A.V. Club | full review

"A fascinating sampler of the great Ingmar Bergman's most brilliant and troubled tendencies."

Slant | full review