Persona
Persona (1966)

An actress recovering from a mental breakdown develops an intense relationship with her nurse in this modernist, self-reflexive psychodrama.

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 16, 2004
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Arguably Bergman's finest film, Persona explores the human condition with intense curiosity, immense technical skill, and beguiling warmth.

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

One of the screen's supreme works and perhaps Ingmar Bergman's finest film.

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TIME Magazine

Director Ingmar Bergman is modern cinema's most persistent observer of the human condition.

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Phil Hall
Film Threat

This is the ultimate celluloid Rorschach test, where the production refuses to offer a straightforward solution to the maze of thorny challenges.

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J. Hoberman
Village Voice

[A] masterpiece.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Ingmar Bergman's best film, I suppose, though it's still fairly tedious and overloaded with avant-garde cliches.

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

One of the most complicated and radical films even Bergman ever made.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

Bergman blends a theatrical subjectivity with a tactile visual intimacy, with his characters, the objects close at hand, and the superb coastal landscape.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Bergman has come up with probably one of his most masterful films technically and in conception, but also one of his most difficult ones.

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Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

[...]Persona marks a radical break for Bergman, an acknowledgment up front of the illusion and fundamental artifice of making movies.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
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Jim Hunter
A troubled nurse treats a successful actress who has stopped speaking. Ingmar Bergman doesn't shy away from the big issues. Persona's characters… More
Greg S
A nurse takes care of an actress who has decided to stop talking, and after confessing her guilty secrets to the silent woman she finds her own persona starting… More
Lucas Martins
Surrealist and intense, Ingmar Bergman's Persona, it's an unique masterpiece.
Sophie Burgess
An interesting look into mental health that twists and turns around the main question of 'who is who' and 'what makes me'. Brilliant… More
Dan Schultz
An intense, well-constructed look on insanity, denial, and femininity at a cabin along a beach, where a nurse (Bibi Andersson) and recently near-catatonic… More

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