Monday, May 02, 2016

The Touch

The Touch is a 1971 Ingmar Bergman film starring Elliott Gould, Bibi Andersson and Max von Sydow. Opinions on Bergman differ in our house. I like his work and have yet to see one of his films I wouldn't watch again. The Younger Son won't watch anything else by him, having not liked what he's seen so far. The Husband is indifferent. This is far from Bergman's best film and certainly not one to watch if you haven't already seen movies by this director. That said, I found it an interesting look at a marriage and the affair that made everything worse.

from the IMDb:
A seemingly happy Swedish housewife and mother begins an adulterous affair with a foreign archaeologist who is working near her home. But he is an emotionally scarred man, a Jewish survivor from a concentration camp who found refuge in the U.S.,and, consequently, their relationship will be painfully difficult. -Written by h9g
via Youtube:

Senses of Cinema calls it a disaster. Roger Ebert doesn't like it, calling it "not only a disappointment but an unexpected failure of tone from a director to whom tone has usually been second nature." It has a 50% critics score at Rotten Tomatoes.

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