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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 ...
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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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In the background of Woody Allen's Annie Hall(1977) 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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Referenced in Three Scenes with Ingmar Bergman (1975) See more »

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Fantasy in C-minor, K.475
By Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Käbi Laretei
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A Scary Ride Through the Dark Labyrinth of the Subconscious
19 April 2010 | by (Brazil) – See all my reviews

Ingmar Bergman's films always had, or at least, most of them had, a very dark and almost horror-ish tone to them, particularly films such as "Persona" and "The Seventh Seal", both which I consider among the finest films ever made. It was no surprise that his two 'official' horror films - this one and the slightly superior "Hour of the Wolf", come across as being not only of the genre's finest, but also one of the scariest of all time. Liv Ullman gives a breathtaking performance of a psychiatrist who turns out to be just as crazy as the people she takes care of. We follow her as she is lost in the hellish labyrinth of her subconscious, and harassed by horrible demons she created herself. Meanwhile, on the outside world, her 'darker side' takes over, and her friend and co-worker, played by the great Erland Josephson, tries to save her. Ullman's gradual descent into insanity is jaw-dropping, and here she gives her most twisted, hysterical performances for the likes of Isabelle Adjani in "Possession" and Catherine Denueve in "Repulsion". For the acting and Bergman's superb direction alone the film manages to convey a sense of dread and fear unlike anything Hollywood had done to this point, and indeed, the film does make the majority of American horror films made at that time look stupid in comparison. Overall, 10/10. A masterpiece.


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