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Private Confessions (1996)
"Enskilda samtal" (original title)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography, Drama  |  1999 (USA)
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Five conversations frame a flawed marriage in this film written by Ingmar Bergman about his parents. Guilt-ridden wife Anna (Pernilla August) divulges an extramarital affair to a priest, ... See full summary »

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Five conversations frame a flawed marriage in this film written by Ingmar Bergman about his parents. Guilt-ridden wife Anna (Pernilla August) divulges an extramarital affair to a priest, her uncle Jacob (Max von Sydow). He presses her to confess her sins to her husband, Henrik. As the film moves back and forth in time, the notion of truth is tested. Tomas, the lover, and Henrik will find that Anna's confessions do not absolve anyone, and have the power to inflict more pain. Source: Rotten Tomatoes Written by Sasa Aleksic

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Jesu bleibet meine Freunde, No. 147
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"Compassionately reconciling..."
25 July 2015 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Norwegian actress, author, Doctor of Humane Letters, screenwriter and director Liv Ullmann's television film which was written by a Swedish 20th and 21st century son, brother, husband and father named Ernst Ingmar Bergman, is an adaptation of an autobiographical book he wrote in 1994. It premiered on Swedish television in 1996, was shot on locations in Sweden and is a Sweden-Norway-Denmark-Finland-Iceland co-production which was produced by producer Ingrid Dahlberg. It tells the story about a sixteen-year-old daughter and sister named Anna Bergman who autonomously, within her own independent and inviolable mind, has concluded that if she conventionally and without any consideration for her personal thoughts goes through with her Protestant Christian communion as is commonly expected, it would for her be like playing theatre.

Distinctly and precisely directed by Norwegian filmmaker Liv Ullmann, this quietly paced and somewhat fictional tale which is narrated interchangeably from the main characters' viewpoints, draws an introspectively self-knowledgeable and conversationally concentrated portrayal of a worshipped thirty-six-year-old mother, wife and nurse whom has befriended a student named Tomas Egerman and whom is considering if she should stay married to her husband named Henrik or get a divorce. While notable for its versatile and atmospheric milieu depictions, distinct cinematography by cinematographer Sven Nykvist, production design by production designer Mette Möller, costume design by costume designer Inger Pehrsson and prominent use of theological terminology, this narrative-driven and dialog-driven story about human relations and inner lives where a five letter word starting with t and ending with h is present in every frame and a five letter word starting with A and ending with e is timelessly ingrained, depicts a self-examining study of character and contains a great and timely instrumental score by Norwegian violinist Arve Tellefsen.

This compassionately reconciling three hour and seven minutes companion piece from the late 1990s which is set in Sweden in the early 20th century and where a filmmaker's relationship with his parents and views of them is further and possibly therapeutically examined through the direction of a close collaborator and theatre and film actress and instructor, and a human being plans to get her spouse declared ill and claims that he his mentally sick to get him hospitalized so that she can stand free of …, is impelled and reinforced by its fragmented narrative structure, substantial character development, rhythmic continuity, psychological flashback scenes and the communicatively understated acting performances by Swedish actress Pernilla August and Swedish actor Max von Sydow. An internalized character piece.


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