Liv Ullmann in final Bergman film

 Type:Culture, Film

Celebrated Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann stars in 'Saraband', Ingmar Bergman’s final film, which opens in the UK on 7 October.

In 'Saraband', Marianne (Ullmann) and Johan (Erland Josephson), the couple in Bergman's master piece 'Scenes from a Marriage', meet again after thirty years without contact, when Marianne suddenly feels a need to see her ex-husband again. She decides to visit Johan at his old summer house in Sweden’s rural Dalarna province. And so, one beautiful autumn day, there she is, beside his reclining chair, waking him with a light kiss.

Also living on the farm are Johan’s son Henrik and Henrik’s daughter Karin. Henrik is giving his daughter cello lessons and already sees her future as staked out. Relations between father and son are very strained, but both are protective of Karin. They all still mourning Anna, Henrik’s much-loved wife, who died two years ago, yet who, in many ways, remains present among them. Marianne soon realises that things are not all as they should be, and she finds herself unwillingly drawn into a complicated and upsetting power struggle.

The name 'Saraband' comes from a cello suites composed by Bach, which are dances for couples. The film follows the shape of the dance, with a couple in a conversation that can be described as the dance. Bergman told Swedish TV that this would be his last film - it is also the tenth film Ullmann and Bergman have made together.

Oct 7 – 20: National Film Theatre, London (020 7928 3232)
Oct 14 – 20: Cornerhouse, Manchester (0161 200 1500)
Oct 21 – 29: Cine Lumiere, London (020 7073 1350)

And at cinemas across the country – check local press for details.

Photo: Tartan

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