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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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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 »

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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Depressing Danish, Sublimely Scenic Swedish.
19 July 2018 | by WhimsicalVoniaSee all my reviews

The Best Intentions (Swedish: Den goda viljan) (1992) Director: Bille August Watched: 7/11/18 Rating: 7/10

For parents' story, Bergman hands over the reins; Finds lavish funding.

Deft performances, But tedious fights/trite scenes. Haunting score/soundtrack.

Her mother's rebuke. Class struggle, religious woes. Love's perseverance.

Swedish beauty/Nordic gloom; Lengthy but quite affecting.

Haiku Sonnets are comprised of 4 3-line haiku plus a couplet of either 5 or 7 syllables, adding up to 14 lines, the same number of lines found in a sonnet. (5-7-5, 5-7-5, 5-7-5, 5-7-5, 7-7/5-5) #HaikuSonnet #PoemReview #BasedonaTrueStory #ClassStruggle #Danish #PalmedOr #Swedish


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