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Persona

Persona
  • 1966
  • Sweden
  • 81 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Ingmar Bergman
  • Written by: Ingmar Bergman
  • Cast: Bibi Andersson, Liv Ullmann
  • Language: Swedish

'Persona' explores the relationship between two women, an actress (Ullmann) suffering a breakdown and the nurse (Andersson) who oversees her recuperation in a country cottage. The actress, who dried up in the middle of a performance, doesn't speak, while the nurse talks at length to her mute patient about various petty matters, but despite initial distance their relationship develops into a symbiotic one. All of this allows the Swedish auteur to muse over his favourite themes: people's communication problems and the egocentric nature of art. Not an easy film - even by Bergman's standards - but an extremely rewarding one.

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