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This review is from: Autumn Sonata  [DVD] (DVD)
Höstsonaten brought together two of the great Swedish legends of cinema - Ingmar Bergman and Ingrid Bergman (they're not related.) Ingmar would make only two more films before announcing his retirement as a film director, and it was Ingrid's very last feature. The film is an intense exploration of the dysfunctional relationship between a mother (played by Bergman) and daughter (Liv Ullmann). Scenes of apparent normality are juxtaposed with scenes of deep and traumatic revelation as the two women struggle with their love and their hate for each other and discuss the very different ways in which they see the past. This is classic Bergman: intense drama, fantastic writing and the outstanding performances he always manages to get from his actors.