Revisiting the autobiographical themes he first explored in his novel Best Intentions, Ingmar Bergman's Private Confessions presents the relationship between Anna, an impetuous young woman, and her husband Henrik, a somber pastor, living in 1920s Sweden. Imprisoned in a stifling marriage, which she rushed into against her mother's wishes, Anna begins an affair with Tomas, a theology student. While she seems to find in her affair the pleasure that is lacking in her marriage, Anna is soon overcome with guilt and engages in a series of "confessions" to those closest to her--her childhood pastor, her mother, her best friend, even her husband. Each conversation reveals more of what drove Anna to her infidelity: a loveless marriage, a search of forgiveness, a questioning of God yet a need to have faith in something. However, with each successive conversation we also come to realize that Anna can obtain neither solace nor absolution from her confessors.
With the vividly poetic imagery and dialog one would expect from Bergman, Private Confessions poignantly explores the complexities of human relationships and the universal need for love.
AuthorBy Ingmar Bergman
Published3 July 2018
Dimensions9.00 x 6.00in.
About the author
Ingmar Bergman was a Swedish director, writer, and producer who worked in film, television, theatre, and radio. He is recognized as one of the most accomplished and influential artists of all time and is most famous for films such as The Seventh Seal (1957), Wild Strawberries (1957), Persona (1966), Cries and Whispers (1972) and Fanny and Alexander (1982). Arcade also publishes his novels Best Intentions and Sunday's Children, and his memoir, images. He lived on Faro Island in Sweden.
"As psychologically intricate and harshly personal as his movies"--San Francisco Chronicle
"Presented with a stark clarity that's reminiscent of some of the most memorable images in Bergman's films . . . A vibrant and moving addition to what begins to look more and more like a great work in progress"--Kirkus Reviews