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Saraband -- Marianne (Ullman), some thirty years after divorcing Johan (Josephson), 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.
Saraband -- Marianne (Ullman), some thirty years after divorcing Johan (Josephson), 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.
Saraband -- Marianne (Ullman), some thirty years after divorcing Johan (Josephson), 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.

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1 December 2003 (Sweden) See more »
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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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Keeps us spellbound in classic style See more (48 total) »

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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)
 
Stunts
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
 
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Rated R for brief nudity, language and a violent image
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107 min | Argentina:120 min
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Last film project directed by Ingmar Bergman.See more »
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Plot holes: There are some interesting discrepancies in relation to the time line of the characters. The ages given for the characters are 63 (Marianne), 86 (Johan) and 61 (Henrik). Marianne says that she has not seen Johan for 32 years and that they had been married for 16 years. This means that she married Johan when she was 15 and he was 38. Johan had a falling out with his son when Henrik was 18/19, which must have been after Johan's marriage to Marianne.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Orada (2009)See more »
Soundtrack:
Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Opus 44See more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Keeps us spellbound in classic style, 22 August 2005
Author: Chris_Docker from United Kingdom

(please note - this review refers to the theatrical release, not the TV version) Veteran master Ingmar Bergman releases what he claims is his final movie. In a world dominated by blockbusters, even with a sprinkling of aspiring auteurs and masterful experimenters such as von Trier, Bergman fulfils his iconic role as setting a gold standard in cinema. For many art-house lovers, Bergman portrays what film can and should do when it is at the height of its power as an art form.

Having said that it seems a strange twist of fate to be viewing Saraband, as I did, at the Edinburgh International Film Festival where it is up for the Standard Life 'audience award', along with mainstream crowd-pleasers. As I cast my vote I felt it was almost a desecration for such a movie to be entered in a popularity poll, however discerning the audience. There are a number of serious works at the Festival and they should be judged by an independent panel of experts - there is a discussion afoot to create a new award along these lines - otherwise it is like comparing Beethoven with the Beatles.

Saraband, in true Bergman tradition, wrestles with human relationships, using a slow pace, pointed dialogue, and heavy use of symbolism to explore the psychological states of the characters. Bergman encourages young directors not to direct any film that does not have a "message," but to wait until one comes along that does, yet admits himself that he is not always sure of the message of some of his films.

We are never in any doubt that this film has much point to it, even if the point is not exactly clear. It opens with the slow soulful 'saraband', of Bach's 5th unaccompanied cello suite. 'Sarabande' is one of the movements from the suite, a slow and, compared to the others, a relatively easy piece to play. Marianne (Liv Ullman), is both narrator (at the beginning and end of the film) and principal protagonist. As she walks through the rooms of a house the doors close behind her. A cuckoo clock strikes. She is in the later part of her life. She fleetingly touches the keys of a piano, as if to say she still, even in solitude, has her inner music. Her presence is explained as she goes to the veranda and we find she is visiting an ex-husband, someone who was unfaithful to her many years ago. The colours are crisp and sharp. Of all the members of her family, Marianne is perhaps the clearest of mind and most well-balanced, but it is the extended interaction (with very little action) between the main players that give us insights into the beauty of being elderly, at least for someone like Marianne who handles it well. Yet even she is filled with sadness for others.

Later chapters of the film focus on her step-grand-daughter. Karin is a cellist, living with a rather overprotective (if that's not too mild a word) father, also a musician. She has to face a difficult choice, involving her personal loyalties, her loyalty to herself and ability as a gifted young cellist, and the need to extricate herself from a situation that is bad for her but will be bad for her father if she does.

The symbolism of the title and music neatly metaphors the decisions before her. A saraband is also a two-person dance. The suggestion, made at one point, of playing it by two people alternating is essentially a frivolous one, which serious musicians would probably reject. That the Suite for Unaccompanied Cello should not be played as a duet, even with the younger person playing the 'easier part' as Karin's father suggests, is an unobtrusive symbol reminding us, in the film's later loaded context, that there are some lines that an older and younger person should never cross together.

Saraband shows how old age can tempt us to wisdom or its opposite.

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