Sunday, November 12, 2006

Ingmar's Sarabande

Last night I finally had a chance to watch Ingmar Bergman's last film, Sarabande.
I was deeply moved and disturbed by it: such a perfect portrayal of human misery and personal tragedy, such a skillful and painful unveiling of daunting psychological and emotional drama, such uncomfortable depth...
The dialogue between Johan and Henrik (father and son), in particular, is of an almost unbearable violence that leaves you dumbstruck and gasping for air.
Henrik and Karin's relationship (father and daughter) is very disturbing, Marianne and Johan's relationship (ex-wife and ex-husband) is thought provoking and a bit touching, Anna's haunting afterglow is somewhat distressing (she's the prematurely deceased Henrik's wife, Karin's mother and Johan's daughter-in-law: the family's keystone, portrayed like an angel) , but as far as sheer psychological violence goes, Johan and Henrik's scene is unbeatable.
A masterpiece. At 84. Long live Ingmar Bergman. And Liv Ullman...
Use goear to hear the Sarabande in Bach's Suite No. 5 in C minor for unaccompanied cello, which Karin plays in the film.

4 comments:

Rauf said...

Fanny and Alexander is the last I saw, Sven Nykvist, his favourite cinematographer died a couple of months ago.

Anonymous said...

Bom dia, querida.
Hoje comecei bem ...

iznogod (não, não é erro) said...

You made me wanting (or is it want?) to see it

Claudia said...

Let me know when you do!