Fanny and Alexander live with their theatrical parents, Oscar and Emilie, in the lively and colourful Ekdahl household. But when their father dies and their mother remarries a severe, forbidding bishop, the children find their lives turned upside down, and have to adapt to a new life.
Inner torment and troubled marriages mark the life and work of Swedish director Ingmar Bergman. But his films aren't simply personal essays; their cinematic strength lies in their ability to embrace other art forms, while using every filmmaker's tool to bring his themes home.
The spirit of Dickens is evident in the social and domestic landscapes of Fanny And Alexander, the story of two children trapped in a turbulent family. The vibrant family Christmas, the acerbic clergyman's house and the treasure trove of a Jewish antique shop could have jumped from the pages of his novels, although in fact the last words come from a play by Strindberg.
An accomplished masterpiece, with excellent performances and rarely bettered direction.