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The Touch

The Touch

1971
Drama
1h 55m
After fifteen years of marriage to a respected surgeon, Karin finds herself living a comfortable family life with her husband and two children, but when her mother dies, a chance encounter with an American archaeologist leads to an affair.
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The Touch

1971
Drama
1h 55m
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Rated 07 Sep 2019
44
18th
Bergman apparently chose Bibi and Max as his Swedish stars because they were comfortable in English. Maybe he should have hired a script writer who was equally comfortable. The dialogue is often painful ("I was merely gay!"), Andersson and Gould have zero chemistry, the plot keeps forgetting itself, and then there's the ending or rather lack of it... the film just ends up blinking in confusion at its own existence.
Rated 17 Sep 2010
58
32nd
(Swedish Restored Version) This film is generally unlikeable. The tone shifts violently, like a child throwing a tantrum. It's angry. It's frustrating. It has no focus, no structure, and no ending. It's probably like a real adulterous affair. Thing is, the film monumentally fails at specific moments, undercutting any kind of legitimate intimacy - which a film with this subject needs to survive. The result leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
Rated 01 Aug 2018
59
12th
Why would anyone leave Max von Sydow for Elliott Gould?!
Rated 25 Jul 2020
45
34th
Lacking a little attention from her busy husband, a woman gets involved with a complicated guy but never shows any real intention of ending her marriage. The back and forth of motives and perspectives is kind of interesting, but the characterisation, the dialogue and the performances all have significant problems and the film has to be considered a failure. Gould seems uncomfortable, but Andersson, too, is only adequate: perhaps Ullmann would have helped things a little, but the flaws run deep.
Rated 04 Nov 2007
63
22nd
Bergman hated this film, and it's not hard to see why. A bland, empty melodrama with only a few signs of the master's touch. Gould is clearly in way over his head. It's not all his fault; the script is stiff and lifeless, and seems to struggle with the language. I thought the symbolism of the Virgin Mary statue was WAY too blunt, but perhaps I missed some element of subtlety. The cinematography is serviceable but unremarkable. A generally unpleasant and mindless film, although not unbearable.
Rated 02 Oct 2013
58
19th
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Rated 05 Nov 2013
60
10th
Not as bad as its reputation makes it out to be, but still an incredibly frustrating experience. The tone is so strange, varying wildly throughout the film that it just becomes off-putting. An extra 10 points for Elliott Gould's beard.
Rated 31 Jul 2017
40
7th
(Viewed on 6/12/13): Bergman apparently hated it. It bombed and got mostly bad reviews. It's easy to see why. Shot in English but filmed in Sweden, it's debatable whether Bergman was comfortable shooting in a language that wasn't his primary. The tone is completely tentative, and Gould was simply miscast in the role of a foreigner who has an affair with a married woman played by Andersson, who is usually great but not here. The symbolism is overwrought. It's watered down Bergman.
Rated 07 Jul 2018
81
68th
Mês especial do centenário de Ingmar Bergman filme #6. Esse é um filme bem diferente do Bergman, tão diferente que nem parece dele, por isso as pessoas tendem a desgostar dessa obra. O ponto que mais salta aos olhos é ter sido moldado sob a visão de um judeu neurótico norte-americano, o que torna o filme mais parecido com aqueles filmes que o Woody Allen homenageia o Bergman do que uma obra do próprio. De modo geral, é um grande retrato do relacionamento amoroso destrutivo. DVD Versát
Rated 29 Apr 2020
70
43rd
A movie about the quest for real human contact: the need and desire for love, and the difficulty of giving, accepting and sustaining it. This is clearly partly lost in translation; the English dialogues fall flat, while the well written characters proof Bergman didn't lost his written skills suddenly. Those well-rounded characters are brought to live by outstanding acting, especially by Anderson. Bergman's directing is not flawless tho, scenes do go on too long.

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