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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 »

Director:

Bille August

Writer:

Ingmar Bergman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuel Fröler ... Henrik Bergman
Pernilla August ... Anna Bergman
Max von Sydow ... Johan Åkerblom
Ghita Nørby Ghita Nørby ... Karin Åkerblom
Lennart Hjulström ... Disponent Nordenson
Mona Malm ... Alma Bergman
Lena Endre ... Frida Strandberg
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 Elias Ringquist ... Petrus Farg
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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Ett filmepos av Bille August efter Ingmar Bergmans egna ord See more »


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Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

10 July 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Best Intentions See more »

Filming Locations:

Agrigento, Sicily, Italy See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,253,106
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
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First non English language/American film to win the Palme d'Or after three consecutive years. Pelle the Conqueror (1987) was the last non English language/American film to win the award and was also directed by Bille August and featured Max von Sydow in a key role. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Henrik Bergman: So, you don't want us to go on?
Anna Bergman: You know I do. I want nothing else. That is all I want.
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Intense, Bergman written study of the challenges of love
18 July 2011 | by runamokprodsSee 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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