Take Me To The River on Blu-ray & DVD Feb 5Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1956) on Blu-ray & DVD Jan 5Condemned on DVD & Blu-ray Jan 5Broad City: Season 2 on DVD Jan 5McHale's Navy: The Complete Series on DVD No 17Return to Sender on Blu-ray & DVD Sep 29The Phantom of the Opera with Lon Chaney Blu-ray & DVD Oct 13

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Jennifer Esposito Is Your Newest NCIS Agent in Season 1...
Critics Are Split on Ghostbusters Reboot ...
'Respect is key': The Game, Snoop Dogg lead march to LA...
Kristen Stewart's Sheer Dress At 'Equals' Premiere -- S...
"A Slow Slipping Away"-- Kris Kristofferson's Long-Undi...
Fox News' Roger Ailes Sued for Sexual Harassment by Ous...
Garrison Keillor Retires from 'Prairie Home Companion' ...
Jennifer Aniston is Pregnant: Star Steps Out in Loose D...
Hiddleswift Is One Big Song Promotion -- A Theory...
Elvis Presley's daughter Lisa Marie Presley files for ...

Microsoft Store

Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif


Studio: Olive Films
Year: 1976
Cast: Liv Ullmann, Erland Josephson, Kari Sylwan, Gunnar Björnstrand, Sven Lindberg, Helene Friberg, Aino Taube
Director: Ingmar Bergman
Release Date: August 30, 2011
Rating: R for (adult themes)
Run Time: 02h:16m:09s
Genre(s): foreign

“Such wonderful weather we’re having.” - Jenny (Liv Ullmann)

Buy Now @ Amazon


While not the first of Ingmar Bergman' films to come to mind when discussing his directorial career, this Oscar-nominated classic is arguably as important and powerful as those considered his absolute best.

Movie Grade: A

DVD Grade: C+

The great Ingmar Bergman enjoyed a career that is considered legendary by most rabid film fans. While he’s most known for works like Cries and Whispers and The Seventh Seal, a few of his phenomenal pieces have somehow managed to slip through the cracks over the years. One such movie is 1976’s “Face to Face”, which was essentially lost in the whirlwind that was the Annie Hall phenomenon, given its similar target audience. Bergman’s forgotten work hasn’t even been available on any home video format in the U.S., until now, that is. Olive Films finally brings it to DVD, and, although it isn’t the robust, “Special Edition” release that the film deserves, it’s beyond great to have it as a part of any DVD collection.

Jenny (Liv Ullmann) is a psychiatrist who, although successful, is not only severely depressed, but suffers from mental illness. On the surface, Jenny is stoic, almost always carrying herself with the utmost calm, and at least mildly happy demeanor. What the outside world doesn’t see are the problems mounting in her life, from her incredibly boring marriage to a husband (Sven Lindberg) that only cares about his work, to Anna (Helene Friberg), a daughter that is slowly distancing herself from her parents. In an attempt to escape her problems, Jenny travels to her grandparents’ house, which is where she grew up following the death of her parents. What she doesn’t realize is that returning to this house will unleash even more emotional demons…although at the same time it could be the key to her rediscovering happiness.

Again, “Face to Face” will never be as highly regarded as Fanny and Alexander, or other, better-known Bergman films, but it certainly should be. And, like so many other Bergman films, “Face to Face” wouldn’t be as effective without the stellar performance by Liv Ullmann. Sure, there’s great work by fellow actors Erland Josephson, who plays Tomas Jacobi, a man who Jenny has a strange relationship with, as well as excellent performances by Aino Taube and Gunnar Björnstrand as her grandparents, but this is nearly a one-woman show. Fortunately, Ullmann is more than up to the task, commanding the audience’s attention during each and every scene, and further cementing her status as one of the finest actresses of our time.

Another of Bergman’s masterstrokes is his decision to not only setup all of Jenny’s family problems during the first reel, but also, to enact the risky move of keeping her husband and daughter off-screen until well into the film’s running time. All of the classic Bergman touches are here, including his employment of long-time cinematographer Sven Nykvist, who always brilliantly captured each and every shot flawlessly, and has a way with showing off Ullmann’s brilliant face that is unparalled. The fact that such Bergman touches remained unseen in the U.S. until this Olive Films DVD came along is hard to believe. While, there aren’t any extras on board, the audio and video presentations suit the material very well, and Bergman purists should be more than pleased with what they get.

Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - October 10, 2011, 5:58 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: gut-wrenching, psychiatrist, depression

Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90


Microsoft Store


television, jennifer esposito, blue bloods, ncis, mark harmon. duane henry, wilmer valderrama, michael weatherly, bull, movie, ghostbusters, comedy, chris helmsworth, melissa mcarthy, kristen wiig, celebrity, rap, game, shoop dogg, jayceon terrell taylor, alton sterling, kristen stewart, equals, jonathan simkhal, nicholas hoult, music, kris kristofferson, country music hall of fame, alzheimers, lyme disease, fox news, gretchen carlson, fox and friends, steve doocy, roger ailes, the real story with gretchen carlson, radio, garrison keillor, a prairie home companion, jennifer anniston, baby bump, justin theroux, taylor swift, tom hiddleston, calvin harris, lisa marie presley, michael lockwood, riley and benjamin keough, danny keough, michael jackson, nicolas cage, tom affleck, boston fan, bill simmons, hbo show, any given wednesday, tom brady, deflategate, hamilton, lin-manuel mianda, periscope, heart tweet machine, hamilton mixtape, cable, hbo, curb your enthusiasm, larry david, bernie sanders, saturday night live, maya and marty, christina grimmie, murdered, plaza live, before you exit, marcus grimmie, nashville, cmt, president brian phillips, the tonight show, jimmy fallon, president obama, the roots, hillary clinton, tim mcgraw, faith hill, maggie mcgraw, humble and kind, ellen degeneres show, titi pierce, coldwell banker robbins & free realty, hairspray live!, tracy turnblad, york theatre company, john waters, jennifer hudson, harvey fierstein, martin short, derek hough, j.k. rowling, harry potter and the cursed child, noma dumezweni, emma watson, judd apatow, paul freig, melissa mccarthy, romance, history channel, roots, remake, anika noni rose, t.i., malachi kirby, josh duhamel, transformers, fergie, black eyed peas, axl, double dutchess, abc, music city, grand ole opry, chip esten, lennon stella, the voice, alisan porterm, christina aguilera, ceelo green, ariana grande, sia, the little big town, 2016 billboard music awards, pink, just like fire, pamela neal, warrior princess, send my love (to your new lover), billboard music awards, adele, patrick daughters, bryan cranston, lbj, all the way, melissa leo, frank langella, todd weeks, hard sell, kristin chenoweth, wicked

On Facebook!
Promote Your Page Too



Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store