Face to Face (Ansikte mot ansikte) is a 1976 Swedish film written and directed by Ingmar Bergman. It tells the story of a psychiatrist who is suffering from a mental illness. It stars Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson.
Dr. Jenny Isaksson (Liv Ullmann
) is a psychiatrist married to another psychiatrist; both are successful in their jobs but slowly, agonizingly, Jenny succumbs to a breakdown. She is haunted by images and emotions from her past and eventually cannot function, either as a wife, a doctor or as an individual.
Principal cast (in credits order)
Rest of cast (in alphabetical order)
It was nominated for Academy Awards
for Best Actress
(Ullmann) and Best Director
Ullmann was nominated by BAFTA in the Best Actress category.
She was also named Best Actress by the New York Film Critics Circle Awards, the National Board of Review and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, with the film winning Best Foreign Language Film at the latter.
It also was named by the Golden Globes as their Best Foreign Language Film of the year, with Ullmann also being nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
Pop culture references
At the beginning of the Woody Allen
film Annie Hall
, a poster for Face to Face
is visible behind Annie and Alvy when they arrive late at a cinema.