Best Movies by Farr

Scenes from a Marriage

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What's it About

This intense drama examines the abrupt dissolution of what first appears like a stable, successful marriage between Marianne (Ullmann) and Johan (Josephson), then tracks their ensuing contacts and evolving relationship with the passing years. Originally a mini-series in Sweden, it was cut down to three hours for theatrical release.

Why we love it

"Scenes from a Marriage" is Bergman's ambitious, profound chronicle of love, selfishness, regret and missed connections that often characterize matrimony; and indeed, male-female relations in general. Long and demanding, but richly rewarding, the film's impact lies less in its portrayal of a subtly stagnating union than in the nuanced nature of the couple's interactions after the marriage is over. An Ingmar peak. Stay with this — it's worth it.

BEST MOVIES BY FARR is your personal guide to great movies to rent, stream, or buy; to watch at home or on-the-go. Led by film advocate John Farr, the Best Movies by Farr team works as a "quality filter" for the discerning moviegoer. Every day, we bring you the best of the best, the fantastic familiar films and hidden gems, to answer that age-old question: "What should we watch tonight?"