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The Best Intentions 

Den goda viljan (original title)
The story of Ingmar Bergman's parents. How they fell in love, married against the wishes of their families, and had a difficult marriage and life in rural Sweden. Bergman's father was a ... See full summary »
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 Henrik Bergman 4 episodes, 1991
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 Anna Bergman / ... 4 episodes, 1991
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 Karin Åkerblom 4 episodes, 1991
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 Carl Åkerblom 4 episodes, 1991
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 Johan Åkerblom 3 episodes, 1991
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 Ernst Åkerblom 3 episodes, 1991
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 Alma Bergman 3 episodes, 1991
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 Oscar Åkerblom 3 episodes, 1991
Gunilla Nyroos ...
 Svea Åkerblom 3 episodes, 1991
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 Gustav Åkerblom 3 episodes, 1991
Eva Gröndahl ...
 Martha Åkerblom 3 episodes, 1991
Lena Brogren ...
 Fröken Lisen 3 episodes, 1991
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 Disponent Nordenson 2 episodes, 1991
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 Kyrkoherde Gransjö 2 episodes, 1991
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 Elin Nordenson 2 episodes, 1991
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 Frida Strandberg 2 episodes, 1991
Lena T. Hansson ...
 Magda Säll 2 episodes, 1991
Elias Ringquist ...
 Petrus Farg 2 episodes, 1991
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 Blenda Bergman 2 episodes, 1991
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 Beda Bergman 2 episodes, 1991
Roland Hedlund ...
 Förvaltare Nagel 2 episodes, 1991
Irma Christenson ...
 Ebba Bergman 2 episodes, 1991
Dan Johansson ...
 Justus Bark 2 episodes, 1991
Niklas Hald ...
 Baltzar Kugelman 2 episodes, 1991
Cecilia Lagerkvist ...
 Fröken Siri 2 episodes, 1991
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 Tekla Kronström 2 episodes, 1991
Sara Arnia ...
 Fru Johansson 2 episodes, 1991
Inga-Lill Ellung ...
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 Märta Werkelin 2 episodes, 1991
Kerstin Andersson ...
 Susanna Nordenson 2 episodes, 1991
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Maja Sommerfeld ...
Erika Ullenius ...
 Helena Nordenson 2 episodes, 1991
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The story of Ingmar Bergman's parents. How they fell in love, married against the wishes of their families, and had a difficult marriage and life in rural Sweden. Bergman's father was a pastor and poor; his mother from a well to do cultured family. It ends with the birth of Ingmar.

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Richer and more complete, if slower, than the feature version
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About twice the length of the cut down feature version, the original mini-series has much the same feel, and all the same strengths – terrific acting, a wonderful sense of time and place, two complex lead characters who can be so endearing one moment and so infuriating the next.

Ingmar Bergman's autobiographical script has much of the same richness as "Fanny and Alexander", that classic just about picks up where this story leaves off.

If this isn't quite at that level of brilliance, if it doesn't match that masterpiece for range and depth, it certainly is a terrific piece of storytelling in it's own right. And if Bille August can't match Bergman as a director, he at least gets in the ball park, without feeling like he's aping another's style.

The 4 part series does drag a bit compared to the feature, but the novelistic richness of character and detail balances that out. Both versions are very worth seeing.


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