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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 7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »
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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-Erik Lindqvist ...
Jenny's Father
Birger Malmsten ...
Rapist
Sif Ruud ...
Elisabeth Wankel
Göran Stangertz ...
Rapist
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Mona Andersson ...
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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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Drama | Fantasy

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1.66 : 1
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In the background of Woody Allen's Annie Hall(1977) See more »

Quotes

Dr. Jenny Isaksson: If you force things to be as usual, they'll be as usual. Don't you think?
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Referenced in Three Scenes with Ingmar Bergman (1975) See more »

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Lullaby, Opus 49, No.4
(uncredited)
By Johannes Brahms
Hummed by Liv Ullmann
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Merciless Study of Mental Illness
7 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Face to Face" exists mostly as a showcase for one of Ingmar Bergman's favorite actresses, Liv Ullmann, and she gives a tour de force performance. She plays Jenny Isaakson, a psychiatrist who can't help herself when her mental illness sends her teetering over the brink into a complete emotional breakdown. The film is unrelenting, comprised of one merciless scene after another in which the camera rests in extreme closeup on Ullmann's face and captures the anguish writ large there. It's a tough watch, but it's also morbidly fascinating. I've always been interested in studies about mental illness, and "Face to Face" is one of the most realistic I've seen in showing how such an illness manifests itself.

Ullmann was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the year that Faye Dunaway won for "Network." The Academy had a tough decision on its hands that year. And Bergman also received a nomination for Best Director.

Grade: A


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