is a 2003 Swedish drama film
directed by Ingmar Bergman
, and his last theatrically released work. The film is a sequel to Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage
(1973), bringing back to the screen the characters of Johan and Marianne. In July 2005, Saraband
was released theatrically in the United States with subtitles in English.Saraband
is a co-production
of Sweden, Italy, Germany, Finland, Denmark, and Austria.
- The film is structured around ten acts with a prologue and epilogue.
It opens with the camera on Marianne standing by a table covered with photographs. It is a well-lit room, and she addresses the viewer. She picks one picture up after another; they are in no particular order, being just heaped all over the table. Some make her smile, or elicit a comment or a sigh. But then she picks up a photograph of her husband, prompting her to reminisce about how they had been more or less happy, and how they'd broken up. She goes on to recall how his second marriage failed, while she was already married to a second husband herself, and then when her second husband died (by flying a plane off somewhere and disappearing), she reflects that it would be nice to see her first husband again.
Marianne travels into the country to the home of her ex-husband, and father of her daughters Martha and Sara, Johan. Johan is undergoing a family crisis with his insolvent and needy son, Henrik, and granddaughter, Karin. Karin is 19, and Henrik asks Johan for an advance on his... Read More