2003 ***** 111 mins.
Saraband is proof that even at the end of his career, Ingmar Bergman was still one of the greatest geniuses of cinema. In this, his final film, he brings back his two most vividly imagined characters, Marianne and Johan, from Scenes from a Marriage. After many decades apart, Marianne (Liv Ullmann) catches us up on what has happened, then visits Johan at his country home. After a scene in which the two meet up for the first time in decades, which is sure to bring a tear to one's eye, the film shifts its focus onto Johan's granddaughter, who has a troubled relationship with her disturbingly attached father (Johan's son from a previous marriage). Marianne plays the wise mediator to all involved in this beautifully crafted, sensitive film from Ingmar Bergman. It's strange to think that this was made for television, as it is much better crafted than even some of the finest films.
Original televised aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Rated R for brief nudity, language and a violent image.
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