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Face to Face (1976)

Ansikte mot ansikte (original title)
R | | Drama, Fantasy | 5 April 1976 (USA)
A sensitive exploration of the tragic irony of the psychiatrist suffering with mental illness. Dr. Jenny Isaksson is a psychiatrist married to another psychiatrist; both are successful in ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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Mikael Strömberg
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Helmuth Wankel (as Ulf Johanson)
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A sensitive exploration of the tragic irony of the psychiatrist suffering with mental illness. Dr. Jenny Isaksson is a psychiatrist married to another psychiatrist; both are successful in their jobs but slowly, agonizingly, she succumbs to a breakdown. Jenny is haunted by images and emotions from her past and eventually cannot function, either as a wife, a doctor or as an individual. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Drama | Fantasy

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The TV version is a four-part mini-series: 1. Uppbrottet (The Separation); 2. Gränsen (The Border); 3. Skymningslandet (The Twilight Land); 4. Återkomsten (The Return). A total of 176 minutes compared to the movie's 130 minutes (25 fps). See more »

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Dr. Jenny Isaksson: You become grateful for the horrors you're familiar with. The unknown horrors are worse.
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Referenced in Spider (2002) See more »

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Fantasy in C-minor, K.475
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Käbi Laretei
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Excellent Film
20 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this harrowing film about the mental collapse of a psychiatrist, Bergman shows exactly why he is a master film maker/director. He dissects Jenny's breakdown with such precision, from the meeting with her grandmother to her eventual complete crash into insanity, it is difficult not to be wrenched into the film. The acuteness of Jenny's anxiety and fears grow steadily and continuously as the film moves along and you have no choice to feel it too. The choice of music also exacerbates that feeling of impending disintegration of Jenny's mind. Liv Ullman who plays Jenny does an awesome job in this rather ironic role of the shrink who is slowly but surely losing her own mind. This may be a slow moving film for some, but this is exactly why this movie is done so well. It is a definite watch.


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