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Private Confessions

  • Drama
  • 1996
  • Liv Ullmann
  • 131 mins

Summary

Five conversations frame a flawed marriage in this film written by Ingmar Bergman about his parents. Guilt-ridden wife Anna (Pernilla August) divulges an extramarital affair to a priest, her uncle Jacob (Max von Sydow). He presses her to confess her sins to her husband, Henrik. As the film moves back and forth in time, the notion of truth is tested. Tomas, the lover, and Henrik will find that Anna's confessions do not absolve anyone, and have the power to inflict more pain. Source: Rotten Tomatoes

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Ingmar Bergman reunited the key members of his creative family - Liv Ullmann, Sven Nykvist and Max von Sydow - for this concluding episode in the trilogy about his parents that began with Best Intentions and Sunday Children. Samuel Froler and Pernilla August reprise their roles as the strict pastor and his unhappy wife, whose confession of an affair brings forth several shocking revelations and some long-suppressed emotions. Ullmann directs as inobtrusively as possible to foreground Bergman's screenplay, which adds a shifting temporal structure to his customary themes. It's an excruciatingly personal film that dissects human nature with rare skill and almost flagellatory honesty.

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Credits

Cast

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AnnaPernilla August
JacobMax von Sydow
Henrik BergmanSamuel Froler
MariaKristina Adolphson
Karin AkerblomAnita Björk

Crew

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DirectorLiv Ullmann

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Languages
Swedish
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