Ingmar Bergman movies, Face to Face

The next Ingmar Bergman movie of the day is, Face to Face.

“Face to Face” is a 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. The film was screened at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival, but was not entered into the main competition.

The film was originally a mini-series on Swedish television with a running time of 200 minutes, and was edited down for the theatrical release.


The Plot:
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, either as a wife, a doctor or as an individual.
Some interesting trivia about “Face to Face”:
At the beginning of the Woody Allen film “Annie Hall”, Woody Allen’s character refuses to see “Face to Face” after arriving a few minutes late for a showing.
Awards and honors:
It was nominated for the Academy Awards (Oscars) for Best Actress (Liv Ullmann) and Best Director (Ingmar Bergman).

Liv Ullmann was nominated by BAFTA in the Best Actress category.

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.

Celebrating Ingmar Bergman’s films!
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