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Saraband

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Source: Catholic News Service

Somber but intelligent film -- divided into 10 "chapters" -- about a lawyer (Liv Ullmann) who pays a surprise visit to the husband (Erland Josephson) she divorced 32 years ago, becoming embroiled in the tensions between the man and his estranged conductor son (Borje Ahlstedt) and aspiring cellist granddaughter (Julia Dufvenius). Master Ingmar Bergman's austere sequel to his groundbreaking "Scenes from a Marriage" of 1973, and his announced filmmaking swan song, features predictably superb performances from his actors, but even with the serious moral themes at work here, the talky film is heavy going and there's even a vaguely incestuous relationship between father and daughter. Subtitles. Profanity and crude language, brief domestic violence, attempted suicide, brief full-frontal nudity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.



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