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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Jag Ar Ingrid (aka Ingrid Bergman: In Her Own Words) (2015)

A documentary on the legendary actress Ingrid Bergman based on her diaries and letters as well as interviews with her four children: Pia Lindstrom, Isabella Rossellini, Ingrid Rossellini and Robert Rossellini. Alicia Vikander (THE DANISH GIRL) provides the voice of Bergman through out the film as the letters and diary are read. Directed by Stig Bjorkman, this isn't a gushing fan piece about a beloved film actress. Rather, it's an honest look at a complex and unconventional woman whose single mindedness when it came to what she wanted, whether it was her career or personal life, took precedence over what others thought of her or perceptions of how she should live her life. Her children are remarkably understanding in this regard. Instead of whining that she was never there for them and was away making movies or her latest relationship, they understand that she sought out her own happiness at whatever price but that her love and commitment to her children were never in question. Of course, today, Bergman's actions don't seem shocking at all but one can imagine how in the late 40s, how scandalous it was for a woman to abandon her husband and daughter for another man and bear his child. With Liv Ullmann and Sigourney Weaver who both worked with Bergman.

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