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

Can we find a board to put

under the mattress, for my back?

It's already there.

I put it there yesterday.

What's the matter, dear?

Are you crying?

- Have I said something wrong?

- It's because I'm so happy to see you.

Let's hug tightly,

as we did when you were little.

I only talk about myself.

Now you must tell, Eva dearest.

Let's sit down.

- How are you, little Eva?

- I'm very happy.

That's good. But isn't life here

very isolated?

- Viktor and I have our parish work.

- Yes, of course you do.

I often play in the church. Last month

I gave an evening recital.

I played, and then I talked about

the music. It was a great success.

- You will have to play for me.

- I'd love to.

I gave five school recitals

in Los Angeles.

Imagine, playing and talking

to three thousand children!

What a success - but awfully tiring.

There's something I have to tell you.

Helena is here.

You should have written and told me.

If I'd told you about Helena

you wouldn't have come.

- I'm sure I'd have come all the same.

- I'm sure you wouldn't.

Leonardo's death wasn't enough.

You had to drag poor Lena here, too?

Mother, Helena's lived here

for two years.

I wrote to tell you we were going

to ask her to come and live here.

- I wrote to you.

- I never received that letter.

Or you didn't bother to read it.

- Isn't that an unfair accusation?

- Yes, I'm sorry.

I can't bear to see her,

at least not today.

Mother, Helena is a wonderful person.

She's so looking forward

to seeing you.

She was so comfortable

in the nursing home.

I wanted to have her here.

- Are you sure she's better off here?

- Yes, she is.

And I have someone to care for.

Has she... I mean, has she...

Is she... worse?

Yes, of course she's worse.

It's part of the illness.

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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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