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  (in credits order)

Pernilla August ... Anna

Max von Sydow ... Jacob

Samuel Fröler ... Henrik
Thomas Hanzon ... Tomas Egerman
Anita Björk ... Karin Åkerblom
Vibeke Falk ... Fröken Nylander
Kristina Adolphson ... Maria
Gunnel Fred ... Märta Gärdsjö
Hans Alfredson ... Biskop Agrell
Bengt Schött ... Vaktmästare Stille

Directed by
Liv Ullmann 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ingmar Bergman 

Produced by
Ingrid Dahlberg .... producer
Cinematography by
Sven Nykvist 
Film Editing by
Michal Leszczylowski 
Production Design by
Mette Möller 
Costume Design by
Inger Pehrsson 
Makeup Department
Cecilia Drott .... makeup artist (as Cecilia Drott-Norlén)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martin Lima de Faria .... first assistant director
Art Department
Annelie Wemstad .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Per Boström .... sound effects editor
Christian Christensen .... dialog editor
Christian Christensen .... dialog mixer
Owe Svensson .... dialog mixer
Owe Svensson .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Tobias Aldentorp .... electrician
Alex Lindén .... second assistant camera
Bengt Wanselius .... still photographer

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Also Known As:
"Enskilda samtal" - Sweden (original title)
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196 min (2 parts) | 126 min (theatrical version)
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This is also the last film in which Sven Nykvist worked with Liv UllmannSee more »
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Featured in Bergman Island (2004) (TV)See more »
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"Compassionately reconciling...", 25 July 2015
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway

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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