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Autumn Sonata (1978)

Höstsonaten (original title)
PG | | Drama, Music | 18 October 1978 (USA)
A married daughter who longs for her mother's love is visited by the latter, a successful concert pianist.

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After having neglected her children for many years, world famous pianist Charlotte visits her daughter Eva in her home. To her surprise she finds her other daughter, Helena, there as well. Helena is mentally disabled, and Eva has taken Helena out of the institution where their mother had placed her. The tension between Charlotte and Eva only builds up slowly, until a nightly conversation releases all the things they have wanted to tell each other. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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The film was notable for the teaming of the two famous but unrelated film Bergmans, actress Ingrid Bergman and director Ingmar Bergman. See more »

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In the dialogue scene where Charlotte is lying on the floor and Eva is sitting on the sofa behind her, the shadow of the boom mic is visible on the curtains when the camera pans to Eva for a few seconds. See more »

Quotes

Eva: You're shut up inside yourself and always standing your own light.
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Soundtracks

Suite Nr 4, Ess-dur
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach (as Bach)
Performed by Claude Genetay
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Bergman and Bergman, Together At Last
27 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

A married daughter who longs for her mother's love gets visited by the latter, a successful concert pianist.

I hate to say it, but as cool as it is to have Bergman and Bergman working together, I just did not think this was as great as it should have been. At least part of that is because it is in color, and I think Ingmar Bergman's finest work was done in black and white.

This was Ingrid Bergman's last performance in a major theatrical feature film, and it is great to see her under such strong direction, even if this is not regarded as her best role. Sure, it won a Golden Globe, but I am not at all convinced it should have. And Ingrid's Oscar nomination for best actress? That is a tough sell.


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