Owen Gleiberman
February 23, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Faithless

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
142 minutes
Limited Release Date
01/26/01
performer
Lena Endre, Thomas Hanzon, Krister Hendriksson, Michelle Gylemo, Erland Josephson
director
Liv Ullmann
Producers
SVT Drama
distributor
Samuel Goldwyn Films
author
Ingmar Bergman
genre
Drama

We gave it an A-

The second film Liv Ullmann has directed from a script by Ingmar Bergman is a searing close-up epic of adultery. Marianne (Lena Endre), a serenely willful actress, destroys the affectionate and sensual haven of her marriage by commencing an affair with the couple’s good friend (Krister Henriksson). Bergman homes in on the terrifying hidden design of adultery — the way that its very destructiveness can fulfill a couple’s secret need to tear at and caress each other’s wounds. A-

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