The non-English Film Blogathon – Fanny and Alexander (1982)


This is the second of two reviews for the The non-English Film Blogathon being held by Catherine over at Thoughts All Sorts

Tnx for letting me participate!

“Everything’s getting worse. Worse people, worse machines, worse wars… and worse weather. I’m glad I’ll soon be dead.” – Isak

Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Jul 2018)

Brief Synopsis – After her husband dies, a woman remarries and brings her two young children to live with her new husband and his extended family.

My Take on it – As a fan of English language films, I’ve generally tried to stay far away from films in other languages over the years.

I recently decided to start trying to get a better grasp on the many films that are considered wondrous yet are in other languages.

This blogathon came around at the perfect time because a few months back, I would have steered clear of such an event (sorry Cat), but since things have changed, I decided to not do one but two reviews for this blogathon.

For my second review, I chose to watch one of Ingmar Bergman’s final films that has been seen as a masterpiece from the perspective of many mainstream reviewers.

I recall seeing previews for this film when I was a kid on HBO, but I never had much interest in watching a 3 hour Swedish film.

I immediate was able to see that this film looks amazing from a technical perspective, but I found the storyline to be way to slow and creeps forward the entire time.

The story gets quite boring along the way and I couldn’t care much for any of the characters because of the way things were presented to us.

Bergman was a great director, but I can’t say that I enjoyed any of his films that I’ve watched from a narrative perspective and this film is no exception to that rule.

This film was nominated for 6 Oscars and managed to win 4 of them (Cinematography, Art Direction, Costumes and Best Foreign Language Film).

It lost Best Director for Bergman along with Best Screenplay.

I can understand how this film could win Best Foreign Language film, but it just isn’t the kind of film that I could enjoy.

Bottom Line – Great production, but the story itself creeps along and gets quite boring along the way. Bergman was a superb director yet this story doesn’t manage to stay interesting long enough.  This film was nominated for 6 Oscars and managed to win 4 in mostly technical categories.  I can understand how this film could win Best Foreign language film at the Oscars, but it just isn’t the kind of film that I enjoy.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ingmar Bergman professed to actually preferring the five-hour forty-eight minute version of the film. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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