A moving tale of love, obsession and rejection, After the Rehearsal is perhaps Bergman's most self-referential work. Directed during the latter part of his career, the film is, on the surface, a simple tale. However, as is typical of Bergman, the real truth lies buried under a web of complex emotions.
The film tells the tale of a rational, exacting and self-controlled theatre director (Erland Josephson - Saraband), who awakes from reminiscing about a former lover to find that her daughter (Lena Olin - Chocolat) is in his theatre. Jolted into a rare emotional response, the feelings of the director are exposed, and he explains in a painful confessional that any relationship he and she may have is doomed to fail.
In a film of many layers and intricacies one thing is very clear - the true confessional is Bergman's, craving forgiveness from his attentive audience.
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