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In this film about Ingmar Bergman's parents, young Henrik Bergman (Samuel Fröler) is studying for the priesthood and trying to make ends meet when he encounters the lovely, affluent Anna (Pernilla August). Despite their social differences, Henrik and Anna fall in love, wed and move to the country. They lead a quiet life as Henrik works as a clergyman, but it isn't long before the simple people and plain surroundings make Anna long for a more lavish lifestyle, which causes marital stress.

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Samuel Fröler
Henrik Bergman
Pernilla August
Anna Bergman
Max von Sydow
Johan Åkerblom
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
Björn Linnman
Music
Stefan Nilsson
Music
Jörgen Persson
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  • By the end, we no longer know why characters are choosing to leave or stay, live or die. Even more depressingly, the director follows suit, allowing scenes to ramble on well past their bedtime, and the film loses its grip.

    January 4, 2018 | Full Review…
  • August keeps a discreet distance from the harsher realities, making The Best Intentions must viewing only if you find diluted Bergman better than no Bergman at all.

    November 20, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Though the level of acting is uniformly quite high, the true star of The Best Intentions is Bergman's script.

    November 20, 2017 | Full Review…
  • The performances, though, are superbly understated-particularly the two leads, as well as Norby as Anna's commanding mother.

    November 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The Best Intentions is the most moving film I've seen this year.

    September 7, 2011 | Rating: A | Full Review…
  • Bergman's script succinctly weaves in refs to themes explored in his own earlier films, notably the destructive force of worship when used as a crutch for human weaknesses.

    September 9, 2008 | Full Review…

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