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Autumn Sonata (Swedish title: Höstsonaten) is a 1978 Swedish-Norwegian-Western German film by Ingmar Bergman. Liv Ullmann and Ingrid Bergman are starring. The latter, the namesake of the director (who also happened to share the first name of his wife both thus being named Ingrid Bergman) never worked with the Swedish director before. This alliance happened very late in her life when Ingrid Bergman was already terminally ill. It was her final appearance in a feature film.

The film deals with a visit which Charlotte Andergast (Ingrid Bergman) the acclaimed pianist, pays to her daughter Eva (Ullman), who lives in a secluded country house. At first both women appear friendly but fairly soon the truth about their past relationship becomes evident to the vieweer. The movie all turns into one Cerebus Syndrome.



  • Abusive Parents: Charlotte to Eva of course though it does not become clear immediately.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: The movie.
  • Cerebus Syndrome: The film. It always becomes harsher. In the very beginning an illusuion is created tbat a relation between the mother and the daughter is actually warm.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: The childhood of Eva, the daughter of the famous pianist.
  • The Disease That Shall Not Be Named: For Leonardo the recently deceased husband of Charlotte.
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: For Viktor who is indeed a bit older than his wife, composed and dignified.
  • Expo Speak: Viktor in the beginning relates the history of his marriage to Eva.
  • Happily Married: Charlotte says that she and her last husband Leonardo were that. In the course of 13 years of their marriage they never had a fight at least according to her.
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  • Hidden Depths: It does not become immediately clear how bad the relation between mother and daughter is. They are very cheerful when they meet.
  • Lady in Red: In the opening scene Eva wears deep red jumper and skirt.
    • Later Charlotte sports a red jacket.
    • This color most probably does not render either of them especially attractive.
  • Meganekko: Eva who wears big glasses is most probably a subversion of this trope.
  • Only Sane Man: Viktor who is unable to anyhow soften the conflict between two women. He is absolutely at loss.
  • Speech Impediment: For Helena, the daughter of Charlotte and sister of Eva.

Alternative Title(s): The Autumn Sonata


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