The Best Intentions (1992)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Family Drama, Period Film, Biopic [feature]  |   Release Date - Jul 10, 1992 (USA)  |   Run Time - 181 min.  |   Countries - Denmark, Sweden  |  
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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.

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class-clash, courtship, husband-and-wife, marital-problems

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