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Autumn Sonata (The Criterion Collection)
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Starting with an introductory monologue by Viktor, the pastor of the area and husband of Eva, it sets the tone of the piece and explains Eva's feelings of lovelessness and distance. After hearing of the death of her mother's lover, Eva invites her mother Charlotte to visit, and after a seven-year hiatus, the old professional pianist acquiesces. Eva's feelings towards Charlotte are very complex and we seem them unfold throughout the film, the layers peeling away, eventually, on both sides.
Charlotte's arrival shows a sophisticated and worldly older woman who is demanding and easily overshadowing of her quiet daughter. Quickly upstaging the situation, Charlotte breathlessly tells Eva the tale of Leonardo's slow death and her bedside vigil, suddenly changing gears when she hears her other daughter, Helena, is staying with Eva at the parsonage, and has been for several years. Charlotte's face shows her shock clearly enough and would not have made the visit had she known. When she sees Lena's deteriorated condition, spastic and only able to be understood by Eva, she still maintains control of the situation, though we know she is internally at odds with her outward features.
It is apparent Eva still longs, like a child, for the approval of her mother. When she describes the feelings she has after the death of her son, Erik, her mother listens politely and doesn't attempt to touch on the real emotions there.Read more ›
I'll give you a hint, Ingrid is H-E-A-V-E-N-S-E-N-T here.
`Hostsonaten' is a beautifully tragic tale of family and the way we can shield ourselves from responsibility so much so that we ultimately believe we have none. Charlotte is a famed concert pianist who has segregated herself from her daughters for seven years. When her eldest, Eva, invites her to come spend some time with her and her husband, Charlotte is hesitant, but she ultimately welcomes the invitation, only to be forced to face her insecurities as a mother when Eva unveils a secret. Charlotte's youngest daughter, the tragically ill Helena, is living with Eva. Taking place over the course of one night, Charlotte and Eva basically carry on one VERY IMPORTANT conversation that shapes the way they view each other and themselves.
Before I get to the acting, I want to talk a little bit about the character of Charlotte.
Charlotte Andergast is a marvel to digest, because you cannot help but sympathize with her while simultaneously getting repulsed by her. She has all but abandoned her children and (as we learn) her husband for her own selfish pursuits, but as she is brought face to face with her actions it is obvious that she never really understood what she was doing. Her final decision is further proof that she is not ready to fully comprehend her emotional state and the effect that it has on those around her.Read more ›
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Product is great in production....and is one of the finest movies I have seen...for the acting, setting, story, I recommend heartily. I note, the story is heavy.... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jack C. Scott
What a wonderful meeting of talents. Bergman's delicate script full of decades-old familial woe and personal idiosyncrasies takes ideal shape under his directorial hand, but the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Jason Hillenburg
Bergman (Ingmar) and Bergman (Ingrid) who can ask for more? Throw in Liv Ullman and this is a detailed, sorrowful study of a dysfunctional mother-daughter relationship. Read morePublished 14 months ago by kaufrausch
"Autumn Sonata" is that rare film that, although directed by a man, sensitively and unflinchingly explores the destructive relationship between a self-absorbed mother and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Miss Yoka
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