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F-0152

Title:

Höstsonaten
Autumn Sonata
(USA)
Herbstsonate (West Germany)
Sonate d'automne (France)

Category:

S

Produced:

1978

Country:

France / West Germany / Sweden

Released:

Film: Oct 1978 (USA)
DVD: Jan 2000
VHS: Jun 2000

Director:

Ingmar Bergman

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman

Actors:

Ingrid Bergman (Charlotte Andergast); Liv Ullmann (Eva); Lena Nyman (Helena); Halvar Björk (Viktor); Marianne Aminoff (Charlotte's private secretary); Arne Bang-Hansen (Uncle Otto); Gunnar Björnstrand (Paul); Erland Josephson (Josef); Georg Løkkeberg (Leonardo); Mimi Pollak (Piano instructor); Linn Ullmann (Eva as a child)

Description:

After having neglected her children for many years, world famous pianist Charlotte visits her daughter Eva in her home. To her surprise she finds her other daughter, Helena, there as well. Helena is mentally impaired, and Eva has taken Helena out of the institution where their mother had placed her. The tension between Charlotte and Eva only builds up slowly, until a nightly conversation releases all the things they have wanted to tell each other. (Mattias Thuresson)

Ingrid Bergman, the Swedish expatriate who became one of Hollywood's greatest stars, and Ingmar Bergman, one of the world's most acclaimed filmmakers and Sweden's most honored director, worked together for the first and only time in this intensely personal drama about the troubled relationship between a mother and daughter. Charlotte (Ingrid Bergman) is an acclaimed concert pianist who is visiting her daughter Eva (Liv Ullmann), the wife of a parson in a rural community, for the first time in seven years. While Charlotte and Eva struggle to be civil, there is a deep emotional gulf between them. Eva resents her mother for not caring enough for her as a child, feeling that Charlotte was more interested in her career and her other daughter Helena (Lena Nyman), who is severely handicapped and can only communicate through inarticulate noises. Charlotte, on the other hand, is uncomfortable with the fact that Helena now lives with Eva, and she is still coming to terms with the emotional devastation of her husband's recent death. Herbstsonate, released in America as Autumn Sonata, earned Ingrid Bergman some of the most enthusiastic acclaim of her career; she received an Oscar nomination as Best Actress, and she won the same honor from the National Board of Review and the New York Film Critics Circle. It was also her last theatrical release; she would appear in only one more project, a TV movie about the life of Golda Meir, before her death in 1982 (Amazon.com)

Language:

Swedish / English

TT:

99 min / 92 min (film, UK) / 92 min (DVD) / 90 min (DVD-PAL) / 103 min (DVD-PAL-Karmen)

Bach's Music:

Suite Nr 4Eb
Claude Genetay

Format:

Film: Color (Eastmancolor)
DVD: (Color, Letterboxed, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC) | (PAL) | (Import, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen) | DVD (PAL, Color, Region 5)
VHS: (Color, NTSC)

Company:

Film: Filmédis
DVD: Criterion; Tartan Video [PAL] | Karmen Video
VHS: Homevision

Comments:

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Buy movie at:

DVD: Amazon.com | Amazon.com [PAL] | Amazon.com [PAL] | Amazon.com [PAL] | Amazon.com
VHS: Amazon.com


Source/Links: IMDB
Contributor: Aryeh Oron (November 2007)

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