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Faithless -- An imaginary woman recollects the painful experience of adultery to a storyteller.

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Release Date:
15 September 2000 (Norway) See more »
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An imaginary woman recollects the painful experience of adultery to a storyteller. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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6 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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A magnificent, cathartic film See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Lena Endre ... Marianne

Erland Josephson ... Bergman

Krister Henriksson ... David
Thomas Hanzon ... Markus
Michelle Gylemo ... Isabelle
Juni Dahr ... Margareta
Philip Zandén ... Martin Goldman
Thérèse Brunnander ... Petra Holst (as Therese Brunnander)
Marie Richardson ... Anna Berg
Stina Ekblad ... Eva
Johan Rabaeus ... Johan
Jan-Olof Strandberg ... Axel
Björn Granath ... Gustav
Gertrud Stenung ... Martha
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Åsa Lindström ... Prompter 2

Tomas Glaving ... The student (uncredited)

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

Produced by
Maria Curman .... executive producer
Kaj Larsen .... producer
Johan Mardell .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Jörgen Persson 
 
Film Editing by
Sylvia Ingemarsson 
 
Casting by
Maria Kiisk 
 
Art Direction by
Göran Wassberg 
 
Costume Design by
Inger Pehrsson  (as Inger Elvira Pehrsson)
 
Makeup Department
Cecilia Drott .... makeup artist (as Cecilia Drott-Norlen)
Elisabeth Ekman .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jacques Foussat .... production manager: Paris
Elisabeth Liljeqvist .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gunnlaugur Jónasson .... assistant director
Roland Lindmark .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Jan Eriksson .... carpenter
Per Eriksson .... assistant property master
Teddy Holm .... painter
Per Johansson .... painter
Lars-Göran Kask .... carpenter
Jerker Malmsten .... carpenter
Love Malmsten .... construction coordinator
Anders Olin .... carpenter
Åsa Persson .... assistant art director
Rasmus Rasmusson .... set dresser
Jan-Erik Savela .... property master
 
Sound Department
Per Boström .... sound
Nadja Glans .... film sound synchronisation
Tomas Krantz .... sound editor
Gunnar Landström .... sound
Christer Melén .... sound
Ulf Olausson .... foley artist
Gábor Pasztor .... sound mixer
Bo Persson .... sound editor
Bengt Wallman .... sound
Mark Kenna .... consultant: Dolby film sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Tommi Andersson .... electrician
Arne Carlsson .... assistant camera: second unit
Lars Gustafson .... second assistant camera
Adrian Harkins-Wester .... grip
Bengt-Inge Hertzman .... electrician
Sten Lindberg .... lighting technician
Carl Persson .... first assistant camera
Joakim Strömholm .... still photographer
Lars Stålberg .... electrician
Mike Tiverios .... Steadicam operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Inger Eiserwall .... assistant costumer
 
Editorial Department
Susanne Lund .... negative cutter
Ise Wentzel .... assistant editor
 
Other crew
Karin Brodahl-Persson .... production accountant
Lotta Gummesson .... script supervisor
Roland Lindmark .... location manager
Anneli Oscarsson .... assistant location manager
 

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Also Known As:
"Trolösa" - Sweden (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for sexual content, some nudity and language
Runtime:
Argentina:152 min | Colombia:154 min | Denmark:155 min | Peru:152 min | UK:154 min | USA:142 min
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27 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
A magnificent, cathartic film, 30 July 2004
Author: jonr-3 from Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Last night, I watched "Faithless," and I've thought about it almost constantly since. A magnificent, heart-rending film. Surely this is Bergman's finest script. It's absolutely uncompromising in its unsentimental, clinical, story-telling, and filled with that compassion devoid of hope that is Bergman's trademark, and his own world view.

Hopelessness as the key to dignified human life, day by day, would seem to be an apt description of Bergman's philosophy.

I won't give away the dénouement of the story, in case you are fortunate enough not to have seen it yet, and to be able to see it. Let me just say that I was completely surprised by the plot twist near the end--it caught me entirely off-guard, and later I felt that I should have seen it coming, but I didn't. That's the mark of a master writer, to be able to take the reader (or viewer) unaware. Ingmar Bergman could have had a career as a mystery/suspense writer if he'd wanted to. (I'm glad he didn't.)

The story of "Faithless" is that of a marriage plunged into chaos by the aftermath of one chance phrase, uttered by a close friend of the married couple to the wife after a late-night supper. With a dazzling propensity for making wrong choices, which, if we're honest, we'll all recognize existing in our own lives, the protagonists rush headlong into a hell of their own making. At the center of the story, like a small, still, silent observer, resides Isabelle, the nine-year-old daughter. The effect of the grown-ups' actions on this poor child renders the story all the more poignant and horrifying.

But what I've sketched here (omitting the surprise towards the last) is only half the story. And in a sense it's not even the real story.

For Marianne and Markus (the married couple), David (the mutual friend), Isabelle, and the other main characters don't, in a sense, even exist.

The film opens in the study of an elderly film director (played by Erland Josephson, close friend and colleague of Bergman, and the actor who played Joseph, the husband, in "Scenes from a Marriage"--where his character's wife's name, Marianne, matches that of the character played in this film by Lena Endre, in an unforgettable tour-de-force amounting to a two-and-a-half-hour monologue; Marianne, in the earlier film, reminiscent of this one in many ways, was played with similar bravado by this film's director, Liv Ullman, long-time associate of Bergman and for some years his lover).

The setting might well be Bergman's own study in his house on the remote Swedish island where he's lived in isolation for the past several years. The desk is slightly more cluttered than Bergman's own (which is adorned only with a clock and a photograph of his wife, with whom, he admits, he still has conversations, years after her death, which devastated him and helped drive him into "exile"). The room is almost bare otherwise, immaculately kept, furnished with a stereo, an armchair, a couple of lamps, a few photographs on the wall.

The exterior scenes were undoubtedly shot on location on the actual island.

The "director" is seated at his desk, talking aloud to an empty room, but addressing "Marianne." First as a shadow behind him, then fully visible seated on a window-seat, Marianne appears at his bidding. The movie goes on from there--sessions of talk in the director's study, the director mainly asking pointed questions, Marianne, and later David, sometimes hesitant or afraid to answer, but gradually revealing the painful facts of their excruciating misconduct.

Significantly, at a crucial point the director comforts each of these "imaginary" (but in the film very real) creatures by a caress to the cheek-as if wiping away a child's tears.

At the end of the turbulent story, he's left alone with his manuscript--and the dark, rolling sea. He walks slowly, awkwardly along the pebbly beach, lost in thought, just as Bergman does every day.

I believe that, thanks to the incalculable combined talent of Bergman and Ullman, this film offers the viewer catharsis, as in the Greek tragedies. I certainly have felt very different in the hours since viewing it. If "religious" leaders had the courage and honesty to offer their faithful the same hopeless but compassionate view of life as this film, and Bergman's own outlook, afford, then I think the world would be a much better place.

Ironically, Bergman's point of view is largely the result of a childhood spent under the heavy hand of Protestantism. (His father was a stern pastor.) But the result has been Protestantism with a twist: in a godless world, we doom ourselves to shame and horror, yet we can, somehow, still find the dignity to go on living one day at a time, doing the best we can with our pathetic lives.

And that's the best we can do. There is no redemption, not even in art: but there may be some clarification, if we're lucky.

In the end, all we had was ourselves and one another. And we did what we thought we had to do.

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