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 »
A young woman, Karin, has recently returned to the family island after spending some time in a mental hospital. On the island with her is her lonely brother and kind, but increasingly ... See full summary »
Max von Sydow
In this adaptation of the Thomas Mann novel, avant-garde composer Gustave Aschenbach (loosely based on Gustav Mahler) travels to a Venetian seaside resort in search of repose after a period... See full summary »
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
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 »
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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