After the Rehearsal (1984)
"Efter repetitionen" (original title)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama  |  9 April 1984 (Sweden)
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Rational, exacting, and self-controlled theater director, Henrik Vogler, often stays after rehearsal to think and plan. On this day, Anna comes back, ostensibly looking for a bracelet. She ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Henrik Vogler (older)
Rakel Egerman
Anna Egerman (older)
Nadja Palmstjerna-Weiss ...
Anna Egerman (younger)
Bertil Guve ...
Henrik Vogler (younger)


Rational, exacting, and self-controlled theater director, Henrik Vogler, often stays after rehearsal to think and plan. On this day, Anna comes back, ostensibly looking for a bracelet. She is the lead in his new production of Stindberg's "A Dream Play." She talks of her hatred for her mother, now dead, an alcoholic actress, who was Vogler's star and lover. Vogler falls into a reverie, remembering a day Anna's mother, Rakel, late in life, came after rehearsal to beg him to come to her apartment. He awakes and Anna reveals the reason she has returned: she jolts him into an emotional response, rare for him, and the feelings of a young woman and an older man play out. Written by <>

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Much more than a minor work
28 December 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I may be biased though as I love and admire Ingmar Bergman. After The Rehearsal mayn't be among Bergman's very finest films, but it does deserve to be much more regarded as just a minor work. It could have done with being longer perhaps but all the things that make a Bergman film work are here. The cinematography from none other than Sven Nykvist is tight and helps to intensify After the Rehearsal's intriguing drama, while the setting looks beautiful yet realistic. Bergman as he always did directs with discipline, never once is there a sense that his heart was not in it. The scripting is intelligent and provokes a lot of thought, likewise the story is insightful in regard to art and emotion- I always admired how ambitious the themes in his films were- and almost autobiographical in structure. I have seen and heard people remark that they were indifferent to the characters, now the characters in Bergman's films are not always that likable but considering how realistically compelling they are(especially the women) you do get the sense that they weren't meant to be. Adding to this is how superbly acted After the Rehearsal is, you get that expectation seeing as we are talking about some of Sweden's finest ever actors and never here are you disappointed. All three leads, very hard to single out a standout, are really captivating and immerse themselves totally into the characters. All in all, very, very good. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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