When Eva, the wife of a village pastor, gets in contact with her mother after losing touch, the conversation sends the two women back in time. Eva is reminded of her childhood and how her mother, known pianist Charlotte Andergast, neglected both her husband and their children for the sake of her career. Art became a substitute for real life for Charlotte, and was the only thing that made her feel in touch with the world. The structure of this film is simple and clear, and Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann is brilliant in their roles as mother and daughter.
Ingmar Bergman has defined the term sin as «abrupted relations», and this is something both women in Autumn Sonata is guilty of. They both fail at the basic human living condition – living with other people. The film is like a chamber piece where everything fits perfectly: the images, the seasons of nature and the human lives. Harvesting is here, and you reap what you sow.