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After their divorce, johan and marianne lost touch. Johan, now retired, has withdrawn to his grandparents' summerhouse. Here he leads a solitary life with his books. Marianne, who is still a practicing attorney decides to look up johan. After 32 years of separation, they begin several intense weeks together.


Studio Sony
SKU 202066251
UPC 043396108981
UPC 14 00043396108981
Format DVD
Release Date 1/10/2006
Rating Rating
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In this heartfelt drama from the inimitable Swedish director Ingmar Bergman, a woman (Bergman's longtime favorite Liv Ullmann) visits her ex-husband after a 30-year separation, only to become involved in the lives of his son and granddaughter from his late second wife.
Entertainment Weekly "[Y]ou feel the pull of Bergman's craft..." 07/15/2005 p.53
New York Times "Ms. Ullman, now 65, and Mr. Josephson, 81, have a supreme mastery of the Bergman style. Their performances are spiritual and emotional X-rays." 07/08/2005 p.E18
Movieline's Hollywood Life "[I]t dissects painful family dynamics with scalding power....As always in a Bergman film, the acting is magisterial." 07/01/2005 p.99-100
Sight and Sound "SARABAND is a commandingly restrained final composition and -- as the theme of classical musicianship suggests -- very much an affair of close attention to the nuances of performance." 10/01/2005 p.44-45
Ingmar Bergman
Liv Ullmann
Erland Josephson
Cast & Crew
Borje Ahlstedt - Actor
Erland Josephson - Actor
Goran Wassberg - Production Designer
Ingmar Bergman - Director
Ingmar Bergman - Writer
Julia Dufvenius - Actor
Liv Ullmann - Actor
Stefan Eriksson, et. al. - Cinematographer
Sylvia Ingemarsson - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 10898
UPC 00043396108981
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 111 minutes
Color Color
Original Language Swedish
Available Subtitles English, French, Portuguese
Available Audio Tracks Swedish
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.78:1
ReviewSource San Francisco Chronicle
Review If Saraband is not one of the best Bergman films, it's a very good one and a valuable statement from a great artist in old age. Grief hangs over the film, echoing the long-lasting grief Bergman experienced over the death of his wife, Ingrid, in 1995. So is the grim conviction that people can't be fixed and few are saved. Yet there's one thing heartening about Saraband, aside from its being a brilliant showcase for the actors. It assures us that Bergman is unchanged.
Reviewer Mick LaSalle
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The overwhelming fact about this movie is its awareness of time. Thirty-two years have passed since Scenes from a Marriage. The years have passed for Bergman, for Ullmann, for Josephson, and for us. Whatever else he is telling us in Saraband, Bergman is telling is that life will end on the terms with which we have lived it. If we are bitter now, we will not be victorious later; we will still be bitter. Here is a movie about people who have lived so long, hell has not been able to wait for them.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Surround Sound, English, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Ullmann,Liv
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
James Verniere, Boston Herald It is a luminous, sensuous examination of human relationships.
Jamie Woolley, BBC ...a testament to Bergman's skill as a filmmaker...
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