Directed by Liv Ullmann
understanding only intimacy can bring, Liv Ullmann brings to the screen
Ingmar Bergman's unsparingly honest script about an infidelity from his
past. Although fictional in some respects, there is no effort to mask the
autobiographical nature of the story (a central character's name is
Bergman), nor any attempt to soften what is clearly a harsh self-critique.
Erland Josephson (Scenes from a Marriage) plays Bergman, who calls
upon his muse--the ghost of a former lover--to share her reasons for having
the affair that now haunts him so. "It looks just as Bergman might have
filmed it: formal, precise and demanding of its cast an astonishing
surrender to a gallery of unflinching close-ups" (Philip Strick, Sight &
Sound). With Lena Endre (Best Intentions), Krister Henriksson and
Thomas Hanzon (Private Confessions). Swedish with English
subtitles. 142 minutes.