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The Best Intentions
Penned nearly a decade after his announced retirement from feature filmmaking, The Best Intentions is master director Ingmar Bergman’s loving tribute to his parent’s epic romance. In 1909, poor, idealistic theology student Henrik Bergman (Samuel Fröler) falls in love with Anna Åkerbloom (Cannes Film Festival Best Actress winner Pernilla August), the intelligent, educated daughter of a privileged Uppsala family. After their wedding, Henrik becomes a priest in northern Sweden, but the urbane Anna grows increasingly restless in the country. Yearning for the life she left behind, she returns to Uppsala, putting the couple’s love to the test.
THE BEST INTENTIONS won the Palme d’Or and Best Actress Awards at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival.
DIRECTED BY BILLE AUGUST
SWEDEN | 1992 | SWEDISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
SCRIPT BY INGMAR BERGMAN
STARRING MAX VAN SYDOW