Scenes from a Marriage ★★★★

Unfortunately letterboxd doesn’t have the original televised version, so the condensed theatrical version will have to do.

For some reason I find it both ironic and appropriate that my breakup movie odyssey led me to my first Bergman film. Writing my script, I’ve been struggling with the notion that nothing about my story is “cinematic,” and I know Bergman has a reputation for films like Persona which aren’t exactly ground in reality (as far as I’ve been informed), so it was comforting and motivating to see that he of all people successfully made a film comprised of nothing but conversations between a couple, shot with very few cutaways. There are no tricks here, just tight closeups and an honest script, and if that’s good enough for Bergman, it’s good enough for me.