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Year: 2000
USA: Samuel Goldwyn Films
UK: Metro Tartan
Cast: Lena Endre, Erland Josephson, Krister Henriksson, Thomas Hanzon, Michelle Gylemo, Juni Dahr, Philip Zanden, Therese Brunnander, Marie Richardson, Stina Ekblad, Bjorn Granath, Johan Rabaeus, Gertrud Stenung, Jan-Olof Strandberg
Director: Liv Ullmann
Countries: Sweden / Italy / Germany
Languages: Swedish / French
USA: 142 mins
UK: 153 mins
USA Rated: R for sexual content, some nudity and language
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language, and moderate sex and nudity
USA Release Date: 26 January 2001 (Limited Release)
UK Release Date: 9 February 2001


While writing a screenplay about infidelity, elderly film director Bergman (Erland Josephson) converses with an actress in an effort to help create the character of Marianne. Within his screenplay, successful actress Marianne (Lena Endre), is happily married to Markus (Thomas Hanzon), a conductor. They have a nine year-old daughter, Isabelle (Michelle Gylemo) and Markus' best friend is David (Krister Henriksson).

Twice divorced, David is often at Marianne and Markus' apartment, and he is Isabelle's favorite storyteller. One night, while Markus is away, David visits the flat as usual. But something changes and what was once a safe, platonic friendship between Marianne and David is suddenly altered. Marianne now sees him in a different light, and finds him both sexually and emotionally attractive. Marianne enters into an affair with David, jeopardizing and ultimately losing her husband while painfully hurting her young daughter.

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