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

R  |   |  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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Aino Taube ...
The Grandmother
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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 ...
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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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Dr. Jenny Isaksson: Do you think I'm emotionally crippled for life? Do you think we're a million army of emotionally crippled people, wretches who wander around shouting to each other with words we don't understand and that makes us even more scared?
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Face to Face
6 January 2012 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

The first time I saw this, I thought the dream sequences were disappointing. The second time, I found them interesting. This time, I felt they were a mix of the two. Some work and some are too histrionic. And that describes the movie in general. I can't keep making excuses for it, it's just not very good. There are amazing moments (the rape scene, Jenny's talk with her daughter) but then are moments that are embarrassingly hacky. It's a rather vague and cheap depiction of madness, surprising because we know Bergman can do it well (see: THROUGH A GLASS DARKLY). That final breakdown is cringeworthy. I don't blame Liv Ullmann. Bergman himself felt the movie was a failure, too ambitious. Despite some masterful elements (including a lot of Ullmann's performance) it's one of his weaker films overall. I will probably never get to see the complete version, which is too bad because I bet it comes together more cohesively, achieves a greater balance.


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