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Though the level of acting is uniformly quite high, the true star of The Best Intentions is Bergman's script.
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.
The performances, though, are superbly understated-particularly the two leads, as well as Norby as Anna's commanding mother.
The Best Intentions is the most moving film I've seen this year.
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.
With a running time of three hours, this weighty drama tests the most patient soul.
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.
Throughout, Bergman sets up a series of vivid, literate confrontations involving Fröler, August and other articulated characters. Director August stages these tense, intimate, emotional wrestling matches with naturalistic fervor.
Though Bergman only wrote (but didn't direct), the film is permeated with his unique angst and thematic concerns, and casting Pernilla August in a major role establishes strong link to Fanny and Alexander, in which she played the servant.
A deeply satisfying film.
Makes the point that marriage always brings spirituality down to earth with its focus on the all the effort that goes into making an intimate relationship work.
The Best Intentions is full of high drama, but the low-key, matter-of-fact telling makes everything fall into order quite naturally. High drama, in this case, does not really mean big, explosive scenes.
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