Face to Face (1976 film)
|Face to Face|
|Written by||Ingmar Bergman|
|Directed by||Ingmar Bergman|
|Country of origin||Sweden|
|Running time||114 minutes|
|Original release||5 April 1976
28 April 1976 (Sweden)
Face to Face (Swedish: Ansikte mot ansikte) is a 1976 Swedish psychological drama film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. It tells the story of a psychiatrist who is suffering from a mental illness. It stars Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson.
It is also the film debut of Lena Olin.
The film was conceived and produced as a four-part mini-series on Swedish television with a running time of 177 minutes. The episodes were entitled:
- Uppbrottet (The Separation)
- Gränsen (The Border)
- Skymningslandet (The Twilight Land)
- Återkomsten (The Return)
It was edited down for theatrical releases for running times from 114 to 135 minutes. However, the theatrical version premiered first. The film was later screened at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival held in May, but was not entered into the main competition. The television version aired in Sweden over four weeks in May and June of that year, and has not been released for home media.
Dr. Jenny Isaksson (Liv Ullmann) is a psychiatrist married to another psychiatrist; both are successful in their jobs but slowly, agonizingly, Jenny succumbs to a breakdown. She is haunted by images and emotions from her past and eventually cannot function as a wife, doctor, or individual.
Principal cast (in credits order)
- Liv Ullmann – Dr. Jenny Isaksson
- Erland Josephson – Dr. Tomas Jacobi
- Aino Taube – The Grandmother
- Gunnar Björnstrand – The Grandfather
- Kristina Adolphson – Nurse Veronica
- Marianne Aminoff – Jenny's mother
- Gösta Ekman – Mikael Strömberg
- Helene Friberg – Anna, Jenny's daughter
- Ulf Johansson – Helmuth Wankel
- Sven Lindberg – Jenny's husband
- Jan-Erik Lindqvist (credited as Jan-Erik Lindqvist)
- Birger Malmsten – Rapist
- Sif Ruud – Elisabeth Wankel
- Göran Stangertz – Rapist
Rest of cast (in alphabetical order)
- Lena Olin – Shop assistant
- Rebecca Pawlo – Shop assistant
- Gösta Prüzelius – Jenny's father
- Tore Segelcke – The woman
- Kari Sylwan – Mari
Aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports 80% approval of Face to Face based on 10 reviews. Vincent Canby was highly favorable and wrote, "Mr. Bergman is more mysterious, more haunting, more contradictory than ever, though the style of the film has never been more precise, clear, levelheaded." Roger Ebert, while calling it "confused and sometimes overwrought", awarded it three out of four stars and lauded Ullmann's performance as "one of the greatest performances in an Ingmar Bergman film" up to that point.
She was also named Best Actress by the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, the National Board of Review and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, with the film winning Best Foreign Language Film at the latter.
It also was named by the Golden Globes as their Best Foreign Language Film of the year, with Ullmann also being nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama.
References in popular culture
At the beginning of the Woody Allen film Annie Hall, Allen's character refuses to see Face to Face after arriving a few minutes late for a showing. He instead takes Annie (Diane Keaton) to a screening of The Sorrow and the Pity.
- "Face to Face (1976)". The Swedish Film Database. The Swedish Film Institute. Archived from the original on 12 April 2014. Retrieved 20 March 2014.
- "Festival de Cannes: Face to Face". festival-cannes.com. Archived from the original on 27 September 2012. Retrieved 10 May 2009.
- Canby, Vincent (April 6, 1976). "Movie Review - Face to Face". The New York Times. Retrieved January 15, 2017.
- Ebert, Roger (August 6, 1976). "Face to Face Movie Review & Film Summary (1976)". Retrieved January 15, 2017.