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Face to Face (1976)
"Ansikte mot ansikte" (original title)

 -  Drama | Fantasy  -  5 April 1976 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Dr. Tomas Jacobi
Aino Taube ...
The Grandmother
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The Grandfather
Kristina Adolphson ...
Nurse Veronica
Marianne Aminoff ...
Jenny's Mother
Gösta Ekman ...
Mikael Strömberg
Helene Friberg ...
Anna, Jenny's Daughter
Ulf Johansson ...
Helmuth Wankel (as Ulf Johanson)
Sven Lindberg ...
Jenny's Husband
Jan-Eric Lindquist ...
Jenny's Father (as Jan-Erik Lindqvist)
Birger Malmsten ...
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Sif Ruud ...
Elisabeth Wankel
Göran Stangertz ...
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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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A woman's most intimate encounter with the one person she didn't know. Herself.

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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: If you force things to be as usual, they'll be as usual. Don't you think?
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And you thought you knew who you were
9 September 2007 | by (Xanadu) – See all my reviews

The Greeks were the first to understand it: the best dramatic performances are given by women because they have a way of letting out every emotion with the most compelling force. Bergman also understood this and I think his best movies are those that star women in tense dramatic situations: Persona, Cries and Whispers, Passion of Annam Through a Glass Darkly and Face to Face. The long and fruitful collaboration between Bergman and Liv Ulman is one of the greatest director-actor in movie history comparable with Fellini-Massina, Scorsese-De Niro and Welles-himself. Unlike other collaborations Bergman used Ulman in a variety of roles, always changing something substantial, never letting the viewer down. I knew Bergman can reach high intensity but I never guessed that he can go so far as he goes here. The story of a psychiatrist that thinks she has everything sorted out in her life but finds out that she has it worse than her patients really left me speechless. Bergman explored madness before in Hour of the Wolf; in that movie as in this one the viewer is confronted with the decision of what is real and what is in the imagination of the character making the cinematic journey thrilling and surprising


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