Marianne and Johan meet again after thirty years without contact, when Marianne suddenly feels a need to see her ex-husband again. She decides to visit Johan at his old summer house in the western province of Dalarna. So on one beautiful autumn day, there she is, beside his reclining chair, waking him with a light kiss.

Also living at the summer house are Johan’s son Henrik and Henrik’s daughter Karin. Henrik is giving his daughter cello lessons and with a bright future already figured out for her. Relations between father and son are very strained, but both are protective of Karin. They are all still mourning Anna, Henrik’s much-loved wife, who died two years earlier. But somehow she is still present in many ways. Marianne soon realizes that things are not at all as they should be, and she finds herself unwillingly drawn into a complicated and upsetting power struggle.

A saraband was an erotic dance for two that was very popular at royal courts in the 17th and 18th centuries. In Spain it was banned for being indecent. “Saraband can be seen as a concerto grosso, a concert designed to be performed by a full orchestra, yet here played with only four soloists”, says Ingmar Bergman.


Original title: Saraband

Genre: Drama, TV film

Duration: 3 minutes

Year of Production: 2002

Script & Director: Ingmar Bergman

Producer: Pia Erhnwall

Produced by: SVT

In collaboration with: DR, NRK, RAI, YLE 1, ZDF, ZDF, Network Movie, ORF,

Nordiska TV Samarbetsfonden, Nordisk Film och TV Fond.

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