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Fanny and Alexander

Fanny och Alexander

Ingmar Bergman | 1982 | 188 MINS
Sweden | Subtitles
Classics Restored & Reissued: Sweden

Ingmar Bergman conveys the sweep of childhood with a fastidious attention to detail and sumptuous insight into human frailty. This is the perfect epic-length tale for Christmas Eve.

In Detail

As children in the loving Ekdahl family, Fanny and Alexander enjoy a happy life with their parents, who run a theatre company. After their father dies unexpectedly, however, the siblings end up in a joyless home when their mother, Emilie, marries a stern bishop.

The bleak situation gradually grows worse as the bishop becomes more controlling, but dedicated relatives make a valiant attempt to aid Emilie, Fanny and Alexander.

Sumptuous, haunting and unusually tender, this is a masterwork that crystalizes many of the directors' preoccupations into a familial epic.

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