Parents' Guide to

Fanny and Alexander

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Bergman's epic, mature masterpiece about childhood.

Movie R 1983 188 minutes
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Based on 1 parent review

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too much sexual activity and nudity..

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The final work from the iconic Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman is a heart-wrenching, in-depth portrait of childhood. Exploring the inner life and struggles of one 10-year-old boy and, peripherally, his 8-year-old sister, this multiple award-winning film pays homage to complex relationships and characters as flawed or bizarre as they are grand. His subject is nothing less than the connections, loyalties, and betrayals of Family (with a capital "F") and the essence of humanity that a family represents.

Outstanding performances, stunning visuals, and a dark, but universal story of loss and love combine to make Fanny and Alexander, made in 1982, a timeless experience. It is highly recommended, however, because of the adult nature of the thematic material and some frightening and intense scenes, it's for grownups and very mature teens.

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