Persona

Persona ★★★★½

Persona is a haunting and disturbing deconstruction of the human psyche. The way that it examines the relationship between Alma and Elisabet is quite brilliant. My opinion of what is happening changed all of the time. One minute I thought that they were going to fall in love because they were getting on so well, the next I thought that there may be a murder.

The beauty of the film is the number of questions that it leaves unanswered. It allows the viewer to create their own theories on what is happening in his films and it doesn't matter if it is true or not. I think that there was no Elisabet Vogler, at least not the one played by Liv Ullmann, and it was all going on inside of Alma's head. Her personality changes and her will to fight against Elisabet was so strong that I think she is a part of her, that she hates. If Vogler did exist then there was certainly nothing wrong with her, the issues lie with Alma herself.

The film is very clever in that it keeps pulling the viewer all over the place. This is all down to the work of Ingmar Bergman himself. He uses projectors and the facial expressions of the actors to shift your focus on the film.

Technically, this film is right up there with the very best. It is a fascinating watch and one that I will have to watch several times to fully understand.

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