Passion of Anna

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"Man is the king of beasts..."
  • R
  • 1970
  • 1 hr 41 min
  • 7.6  (10,243)

Passion of Anna is a 1969 Swedish drama film directed by Ingmar Bergman and featuring Liv Ullmann, Bibi Andersson, Max Von Sydow, and Erland Josephson in lead roles. The film explores the themes of isolation, disillusionment, and despair through the lives of four individuals living on an isolated island. The film explores the tumultuous relationships between Andreas Winkelman (Max von Sydow), who is recently widowed, and Elisabet Vogler (Bibi Andersson), a mentally unstable woman who harbors a deep passion for Andreas. Andreas is hesitant to indulge in Elisabet's affections, as he has a complex past and is tired of dealing with the drama of relationships. On the other hand, Elisabet tries her best to get closer to Andreas, despite his reluctance.

As the plot progresses, we are introduced to Eva Vergerus (Liv Ullmann), a woman who has just received a divorce and has come to the island to start afresh. Andreas finds Eva attractive and tries to get close to her, but Eva is skeptical about his intentions. Nevertheless, the two strike a friendship that soon turns romantic, and they start living together.

Meanwhile, the relationship between Elisabet and Andreas takes a drastic turn. They realize that they have been using each other to cope with their traumatic pasts, and things take a violent turn. This leads to both of them parting ways, with Andreas moving in with Eva.

The film takes a turn towards the philosophical, with Andreas being plagued by philosophical questions about life and the universe. These questions are a result of the immense pain and suffering he has had to endure throughout his life, and he tries to find the answers in science and philosophy.

The movie is shot in a documentary style, with the story unfolding gradually, giving the audience ample time to absorb the complexities of the characters and their lives. The performances by the lead actors are breathtaking, with Ullmann, Andersson, and von Sydow delivering some of the best performances of their careers.

The score, composed by Lars Johan Werle, adds to the somber mood of the film and complements the cinematography perfectly. Ingmar Bergman's direction is masterful, as he keeps the audience glued to the screen with minimal dialogue and a slow-burning plot.

Overall, Passion of Anna is an intricately woven masterpiece that delves deep into the human psyche, questioning the very nature of existence. It is a reflection of Ingmar Bergman's genius as a filmmaker and is a must-watch for anyone interested in cinema that explores complex human emotions.

Passion of Anna is a 1970 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 41 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.6.

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    7.6  (10,243)