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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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Intense, Bergman written study of the challenges of love
18 July 2011 | by (US) – See all my reviews

An intelligent, very well made story of love and conflict across a number of years in early 20th century Sweden.

Written by Ingmar Bergman, it feels like one of his films, if perhaps slightly less brilliantly realized.

But the complex love and marriage of Henrik and Anna is always absorbing (if occasionally melodramatic), and these are both complicated, full individuals (and performances) heartbreaking one moment, infuriating and selfish the next.

Beautifully shot, acted with honesty and intensity, this 3 hour film captures just how hard it is for two people to be both themselves and a couple.


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