In the update, there's been a separation of three decades before she decides to visit him at his country cottage. He's a frail widower but still ornery. Younger than him, Marianne has aged more gracefully and refers to an off-camera husband. This being Bergman, no one is happy, although she initially seems at peace with herself.
The angst really begins when Johan's morose son Henrik and teenaged granddaughter Karin, who live nearby, come into focus. He has never stopped mourning his dead wife Anna, which means Karin is similarly stuck in the past. They also share a dark secret. Marianne becomes a sort of surrogate mother to the girl, a skilled cellist like her father. An intricate spider's web of family ties soon ensnares both households. The venom remains strong; however, since Bergman has vowed this will be his last film, cineastes probably won't mind the sting. Starring Erland Josephson, Liv Ullmann, Borje Ahlstedt, Julia Dufvenius and Gunnel Fred. Directed and written by Ingmar Bergman. Produced by Pia Ehrnvall and Jan-Erik Westman. A Sony Pictures Classics release. Drama. Swedish-language; subtitled. Rated R for brief nudity, language and a violent image. Running time: 112 min