The Best Intentions [Blu-ray] [1992]

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Special Features

  • Ingmar Bergman's 1984 Short Film Karin's Face Never-Before -Available in North America
  • New Essay by Film Historian Peter Cowie


The Best Intentions
Scripted (but not directed) by Ingmar Bergman, Best Intentions is a multilayered backwards glance at the courtship of Bergman's own parents. Henrik Bergman (Samuel Froler) is a struggling theology student in the year 1909. His intended, Anna Aakerbloom (Pernilla August, who married director Bille August while the film was in progress) is from a well-to-do family. Despite the expected class differences and personality clashes, love-or at least mutual understanding-prevails. But after a harsh, spare few years as the wife of a clergyman, Anna yearns for the more bountiful pleasures of her family home. Bergman writes himself into the proceedings as a mewling infant. The current three-hour theatrical version of Best Intentions (original title: Den Goda Viljan) was simultaneously prepared as a six-hour TV miniseries, which ran in Europe, Scandanavia, and Japan. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Samuel Fröler
    Samuel Fröler - Henrik Bergman
  • Pernilla August
    Pernilla August - Anna Akerblom-Bergman
  • Max von Sydow
    Max von Sydow - Johan Akerblom--Anna's Father
  • Ghita Nørby
    Ghita Nørby - Karin Akerblom--Anna's Mother
  • Lennart Hjulström
    Lennart Hjulström - Nordenson--Landowner and Owner of the Works

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