"Liv and Ingmar" Movie Review: 3 Stars
by Gary Goldstein
"Liv & Ingmar" is a lovely and lyrical documentary about the passionate, mutually inspiring yet fraught relationship
between the late filmmaker
Although enjoyable, the movie is perhaps best suited to cineastes already intimate with Bergman's venerated body of work as well as with Ullmann's many acclaimed screen roles.
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While not a deal breaker, it's a dubious creative choice.
As for Ullmann, now 75, she radiates a lived-in beauty and infectious warmth as she candidly discusses, largely from the
home she and Bergman once shared on
They left their respective spouses for each other, had an affair and a daughter, but ended their May-December romance after five erratic years fueled by Bergman's controlling ways.)
The chapter headings here -- "Love," "Loneliness," "Rage," "Pain," "Longing" and "Friendship" -- aptly reflect Ullmann's
recollections, which are skillfully intercut with analogous clips from Bergman's "The Passion of
Voice-over readings by Ullmann from her 1977 autobiography "Changing," plus passages from Bergman's love letters (voiced by actor Samuel Froler), are effectively interspersed as well.
Mostly, however, it's just great to see the exquisite Ullmann on camera again.
No MPAA rating, Running time: 1:23
"Liv and Ingmar" Movie Trailer
"Liv & Ingmar" is an affectionate yet truthful account of the 42 years and 12 films long relationship betweenlegendary actress Liv Ullmann and master film maker Ingmar Bergman