When I arrived at my favourite rep cinema for a matinee
screening of PRIVATE CONFESSIONS, I was the only one there. And
so I chatted with Wendy (one of the owners) about the films we
had seen at the Toronto Film Festival. This is one of the reasons
it's my favourite cinema. How many other theatres can you to
where the owner goes to film festivals?
But about the movie: Just before I left home, I began to get a
creeping feeling that I had already seen it. Flipping back though
my Film Festival log book, there it was -- 2 years ago. Director
Liv Ullman was even at the screening to introduce the film and
have a little chat at the end. Good enough, I thought. Time to
see it again.
Pernilla August. Mmmm. Max Von Sydow. Mmmm. The things they
can do just sitting there. Max plays an eerily realistic old man
who you sense is only just barely in control of his emotions and
his body. Outstanding, really. Pernilla plays a woman who
confesses a marital indiscretion to her Uncle Jabob (Sydow). The
full story comes out in a series of conversations between them
over a number of years, illustrated by flash backs to still and
As I said to one of the other patrons at screening, "It's
just them. Acting. No tricks."