Autumn Sonata

Synopsis: 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 disabled, 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.
Genre: Drama, Music
Director(s): Ingmar Bergman
Production: Criterion Collection
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 10 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

subsided and I opened the window.

The heat was like a wall outside -

it was windless.

The professor came at night,

an old friend of Leonardo's.

He said he didn't have long left.

Leonardo would have injections

once an hour,

so that he could fall asleep

without pain.

The professor left

and the nurse came in.

She thought I should eat,

but I wasn't hungry.

The smell made me nauseous.

Leonardo slept for a few minutes.

When he woke up, he asked me

to leave the room.

He called the nurse, who immediately

gave him an injection.

A few minutes later she came out.

She said that...

Leonardo was dead.

I stayed with him all night.

I thought about us having been friends

for 18 years, living together for 13.

Never a harsh or angry word

between us.

For the last two years

he knew he was hopelessly ill.

I went to see him in his villa

outside Naples as often as I could.

He was kind and considerate,

pleased by my success.

We would chat and joke,

play some chamber music.

He never mentioned his illness,

and I didn't ask.

He wouldn't have liked that.

One day he looked at me

for a long time.

Then he laughed and said,

"By this time next year,

I'll be gone,

"but I'll always be with you,

I'll always think of you."

It was nice of Leonardo to say that,

but then again he was a bit theatrical.

I can't really say I mourn him.

It feels empty, but one mustn't

bury oneself.

Have I changed much

since we last met?

- You're exactly the same.

- I dye my hair, of course.

Leonardo didn't want to see

my grey hairs.

I bought this trouser suit in Zrich,

for the car journey.

I spotted it in a window.

I went in and tried it on - perfect fit.

- Astonishingly cheap. Do you like it?

- It's beautiful.

Let's unpack. Give me a hand

with this suitcase, my back hurts so.

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Ingmar Bergman

Ernst Ingmar Bergman (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈɪŋmar ˈbærjman] ( listen); 14 July 1918 – 30 July 2007) was a Swedish director, writer, and producer who worked in film, television, theatre and radio. Considered to be among the most accomplished and influential filmmakers of all time, Bergman's renowned works include Smiles of a Summer Night (1955), The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957), The Silence (1963), Persona (1966), Cries and Whispers (1972), Scenes from a Marriage (1973), and Fanny and Alexander (1982). Bergman directed over sixty films and documentaries for cinematic release and for television, most of which he also wrote. He also directed over 170 plays. From 1953, he forged a powerful creative partnership with his full-time cinematographer Sven Nykvist. Among his company of actors were Harriet and Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann, Gunnar Björnstrand, Erland Josephson, Ingrid Thulin and Max von Sydow. Most of his films were set in Sweden, and numerous films from Through a Glass Darkly (1961) onward were filmed on the island of Fårö. His work often deals with death, illness, faith, betrayal, bleakness and insanity. Philip French referred to Bergman as "one of the greatest artists of the 20th century [...] he found in literature and the performing arts a way of both recreating and questioning the human condition." Mick LaSalle argued, "Like Virginia Woolf and James Joyce in literature, Ingmar Bergman strove to capture and illuminate the mystery, ecstasy and fullness of life, by concentrating on individual consciousness and essential moments." more…

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