Autumn Sonata (Hostsonaten)


(out of 5)

This magnificent drama is notable for being the last feature film in which  appeared (and the only time she and her namesake ever worked together). She plays a famous musician who visits her homely, shy daughter () for an extended vacation which starts with pleasantries and small talk before Ullmann unloads upon her mother every single woe she ever had during her childhood. Instead of being depressing, this sobering film offers its women a chance to undergo the worst emotional experience in a healing, cathartic way. Brilliantly acted, written, directed and photographed, it’s a standout achievement by a master filmmaker and his equally impressive stars. Ingrid Bergman got all the attention from the critics for her performance (as well as an Oscar nomination), but the film belongs to the work of both women.

Personafilm, Filmédis, Incorporated Television Company, Suede Film

France/West Germany/Sweden, 1978

Directed by

Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman

Cinematography by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

The Criterion Collection

Academy Award Nominations
Best Actress in a Leading Role (Ingrid Bergman as “Charlotte Andergast”)
Best Writing (Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen) (Ingmar Bergman)

Golden Globe Award
Best Foreign Film (Sweden)

Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Ingrid Bergman)



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