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1 December 2003 (Sweden) See more »
Marianne, some thirty years after divorcing Johan, decides to visit her ex-husband at his summer home. She arrives in the middle of a family drama between Johan's son from another marriage and his granddaughter. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Directed by
Ingmar Bergman 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ingmar Bergman 

Produced by
Pia Ehrnvall .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Stefan Eriksson 
Jesper Holmström 
Per-Olof Lantto 
Sofi Stridh 
Raymond Wemmenlöv 
Film Editing by
Sylvia Ingemarsson 
Production Design by
Göran Wassberg 
Costume Design by
Inger Pehrsson  (as Inger Pehrson)
Makeup Department
Cecilia Drott .... makeup artist (as Cecilia Drott-Norlén)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Torbjörn Ehrnvall .... assistant director
Art Department
Teddy Holm .... painter
Åsa Persson .... assistant production designer
Rasmus Rasmusson .... set dresser
Håkan Sanchis .... construction manager
Jan-Erik Savela .... property master
Ulla Smith Örn .... graphic designer
Jan Stenmark .... graphic designer
Karin Söderberg .... upholsterer
Sound Department
Anders Degerberg .... sound (as Anders Degerman)
Carl Edström .... sound (as Calle Edström)
Börje Johansson .... sound
Göran Nylander .... sound technician
Per Nyström .... sound
Erik Näsman .... sound technician
Ulf Olausson .... sound
Gábor Pasztor .... sound re-recording mixer (as Gabor Pasztor)
Visual Effects by
Mats Holmgren .... digital colourist (uncredited)
Kimmo Rajala .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Sven Jarnerup .... assistant camera
Per Sturk .... electrician
Lars Stålberg .... electrician
Per Sundin .... lighting technician
Mike Tiverios .... Steadicam operator (as Michael Tiverios)
Bengt Wanselius .... still photographer
Adrian Wester .... grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Inger Eiserwall .... assistant costumer
Editorial Department
Ulf Nordin .... color grader
Jesper Svedin .... assistant editor
Other crew
Pia Ehrnvall .... project manager
Gylla Ersson .... publicist
Ann-Mari Langer .... production accountant
Hanna Pauli .... prompter
Kerstin Sundberg .... script supervisor
Ola Westman .... technical coordinator
Irene Wiklund .... technical manager
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for brief nudity, language and a violent image
107 min | Argentina:120 min
Aspect Ratio:
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At the beginning of the scene in which Marianne and Karin drink wine together, there is a brief shot of a decorative paper shade which has a stylized face painted on it. This same shade, or one very like it, also featured as a scenic element in "Scenes from a Marriage."See more »
Continuity: After Karin gets up to leave before playing the saraband, the wires from the lights, and the end pins for the cellos are no longer on the floor, despite being there once Karin and Henrik's conversation began.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Orada (2009)See more »
Quintet for Piano, 2 Violins, Viola and Cello, Op 44See more »


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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Farewell Suite, 20 August 2005
Author: jotix100 from New York

It's in a way fitting, that Ingmar Bergman, one of the cinema's best directors, to choose to depart in this fashion, by expanding on an early work, which was by all accounts fully realized, or so we thought. In "Sarabande" we are reunited with Johan and Marianne, the protagonists of "Scenes from a Marriage". Mr. Bergman seems to have composed a suite in which the Sarabande movement, which is usually introspective and dark, gives the tone to his account in this new work.

If you haven't seen the film, perhaps you should stop reading now.

When we last saw Johan and Marianne they gave the impression their relationship was over. We get to know in "Sarabande" that yes, it really happened, but that a lot of years have passed between the lovers without any actual contact between them. Usually, when intense love affairs end, both partners stay away from one another. It comes as a surprise that Marianne will even try to see Johan after all the intervening years.

When we first meet Johan, he appears to be much older than what he really is. Time has not been kind to him, or so it appears. Marianne, on the other hand is still an interesting woman, who of course, is much younger, but the contrast heightens what appears to be a gulf now between them.

Things are complicated with the introduction of Henrik, Johan's own son, who has moved to a cottage in the property, where he is living with his daughter Karin. Henrik's wife has died, but her picture seems to dominate their lives. In fact, there is something incestuous in the relationship between Henryk and Karin. We watch them in bed, although there's nothing improper about it, but we start to get a different image of what really is going on in the cottage. At one point Karin kisses her father in a way that it confirms the love-hate emotions within Karin's heart. She is trying to break away from this situation in whatever way she can.

In a way we realize that Johan, who seems to hate Henrik, perceives what is going on, but he doesn't have the strength to confront this sad man that is his son. Maryanne, stays away from the feud going on between father and son. It's clear she feels deeply for Karin, a girl that has gained her trust, but there she feels nothing for Henrik.

The acting is first rate, as in most of Mr. Bergman's films. He has the uncanny gift to get great performances from his cast, as it's the case with "Saraband". Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson are perfect as the one time lovers Marianne and Johan. Borje Ahlstedt makes an unappealing and tormented Henrik. The luminous Julia Dufvenius is marvelous as Karin, the young woman, basically at the center of the story.

This is a great coda for Mr. Bergman. He leaves us with an emotional charged film that will be treasured by all his fans.

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