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The Best Intentions (1992)
"Den goda viljan" (original title)

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The story of Ingmar Bergman's parents. In 1909, poor, idealistic theology student Henrik Bergman falls in love with Anna Åkerbloom, the intelligent, educated daughter of a rich family in ... See full summary »

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Samuel Fröler ...
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Johan Åkerblom
Ghita Nørby ...
Karin Åkerblom
Lennart Hjulström ...
Disponent Nordenson
Mona Malm ...
Alma Bergman
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Keve Hjelm ...
Fredrik Bergman
Björn Kjellman ...
Ernst Åkerblom
Börje Ahlstedt ...
Carl Åkerblom
Hans Alfredson ...
Kyrkoherde Gransjö
Lena T. Hansson ...
Magda Säll
Anita Björk ...
Drottning Victoria
Elias Ringquist ...
Ernst Günther ...
Freddy Paulin
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The story of Ingmar Bergman's parents. In 1909, poor, idealistic theology student Henrik Bergman falls in love with Anna Åkerbloom, the intelligent, educated daughter of a rich family in Uppsala. After their wedding Henrik becomes a priest in the north of Sweden. After a few years Anna can't stand living in the rural county with the uncouth people. She returns to Uppsala, Henrik stays in the north. Written by Robert Stroetgen <stroetgen@rrz.uni-hamburg.de>

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In 1983 after completing the Oscar winning "Fanny And Alexander", Ingmar Bergman retired from international cinema. Now, after 10 years of writing and reflection, he finds he has "one last story to tell" See more »


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The first time a husband and wife both won awards at the Cannes Film Festival in separate categories for the same film, Bille August winning the Palme d'Or for Best Film and his wife Pernilla winning for Best Actress. See more »

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4 January 2012 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

A couple. A far village. And lands of ice. Tale about Ingmar Bergman parents in Bergman style. Shadows of his filmography. And a story at century beginning. Body of marriage. And bones of common tensions. A key but, in same measure, a huge window. Each scene is only picture of same album. Love as lead river, pain, sin, cruelty, world like strange game, people as punctuation of tangled sentence, testimonies and harsh crumbs of hope, cruelty, demons and God as paper sun. Desert of ice and snow, ash and solitude, words as stones and each character like pray. A beautiful sad movie if ignore Bergman. A kind of sequel if Bergman is present for viewer. A meeting with Nax von Sydow for everyone. And Pernilla August in one of her interesting role.


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