Face to Face (1976)


“You become grateful for the horrors you’re familiar with. The unknown horrors are worse.” – Dr. Jenny Isaksson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (2 Sep 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A married couple of psychiatrists must try and deal with the fact that one of them has a nervous breakdown.

My Take on it – I have never been a fan of abstract foreign movies and this film is a perfect example of that.

I am quite aware that many movie gurus claim that Ingmar Bergman’s films are all amazing, but I have had much trouble enjoying or even understanding most of the ones I’ve seen.

This film is no different.

Bergman was nominated for his second Best Director Oscar for this film (of 3) and along with both Cries & Whispers (1972) and Fanny and Alexander (1982) none of these three are films that I can say that I found enjoyable.

The entire story is told in a very abstract fashion and lacks a real narrative to help make it more interesting.

There are many parts of this film that are shot beautifully and look great but the lack of a competent and straightforward narrative, this film can’t keep the viewers attention for more than a few minutes at a time.

Apparently, I’m missing something since there are lots of people who love these kind of allegorical and abstract films, but for me, it just gives me a headache trying to decipher what they are trying to tell us and I’d rather watch a film that has a real story.

Bottom Line – Extremely abstract film that doesn’t manage to stay interesting at all. Bergman was a master of these kinds of films and many movie historians love these kind of films, but I have never been in that camp.  Certain parts of this film look beautiful, but the lack of a competent narrative is what completely turns me away from films like this.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – At the beginning of the Woody Allen film Annie Hall, Allen’s character refuses to see Face to Face after arriving a few minutes late for a showing. He instead takes Annie (Diane Keaton) to a screening of The Sorrow and the Pity. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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