in about 100 words or less
Sweden/France/West Germany 312m, Colour
Director: Ingmar Bergman; Cast: Pernilla Allwin, Bertil Guve, Börje Ahlstedt, Anna Bergman, Gunn Wållgren, Kristina Adolphson, Erland Josephson, Mats Bergman, Jarl Kulle
Fanny and Alexander is a highly compelling television drama about the Ekdahls, a joyful and wealthy Swedish family whose lives revolve around the theatre. Until the untimely death of their father, the world is full of imagination and make-believe for the Ekdahl children. However, when their mother remarries the local Bishop, Fanny and Alexander not only must forego all of their worldly possessions, but are physically and mentally abused by their new god-loving guardian, who they regard as the devil. Realizing her mistake, their mother seeks a divorce, only to be coerced to stay to keep custody of her children. Bergman’s dark comedic and highly critical view of religion and the existence of God are at the center of this story, which somehow manages to have a surprisingly joyus conclusion (Klaus Ming October 2016).