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Sweden, Denmark, Norway · 2003
Rated R · 2h 0m
Director Ingmar Bergman
Starring Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Börje Ahlstedt, Julia Dufvenius Wollter
Genre Drama, Music

The movie is a sequel to Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage (1973), where we revisit the characters of Johan and Marianne, then a married couple. After their divorce, Johan and Marianne haven't seen each other for 32 years. Marianne is still working, as a divorce lawyer. Johan is quite well off and has retired to a house in the Orsa finnmark district of Sweden. On a whim, Marianne decides to visit him.

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Variety by

A bitter but finally moving story about lost love, hatred between generations and a curious kind of liberation, Saraband officially closes one of the most prestigious and influential careers in the history of cinema.


Christian Science Monitor by David Sterritt

Its leisurely, deliberative style is a perfect complement to the emotions it deals with - emotions so penetrating that I warn you at the outset how jarringly intense you may find Bergman's most brilliant drama in decades.


The Hollywood Reporter by Frank Scheck

If ultimately the highly talky Saraband comes across as a minor entry in the canon, it nonetheless marks a dignified farewell for one of cinema's greatest directors.


Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

Bergman has never been an ordinary filmmaker, and what he's given us is no genial last hurrah but rather an intensely dramatic, at times lacerating examination of life's conundrums that is exhilarating in its fearlessness and its command.


Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

Saraband doesn't ask to be considered prime-cut Bergman, and it isn't, although its slightness may not matter to the art-film starving class.


Film Threat by Phil Hall

One could literally milk a thesaurus in trying to find the right words to lavish on Saraband: brilliant, towering, majestic, challenging, remarkable.


Time by Richard Corliss

Saraband makes for a powerful and poignant final roar from the grand old man of cinema--the movies' lion king.

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