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The Best Intentions Details


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

  • Release date:July 10, 1992


Awarded by
Cannes Film Festival Pernilla August Best Actress 1992 Winner
Cannes Film Festival Bille August Palme d'Or 1992 Winner


Samuel Fröler
as Henrik Bergman
Pernilla August
as Anna Akerblom-Bergman
Max von Sydow
as Johan Akerblom--Anna's Father
Ghita Nørby
as Karin Akerblom--Anna's Mother
Lennart Hjulström
as Nordenson--Landowner and Owner of the Works
Mona Malm
as Alma Bergman--Henrik's Mother
Lena Endre
as Frida Strandberg--Henrik's First Fiancee
Keve Hjelm
as Fredrik Bergman--Henrik's Paternal Grandfather
Börje Ahlstedt
as Carl Akerblom--Anna's Half-Brother
Hans Alfredson
as Reverend Gransjo
Tord Peterson
as Coachman
Jan Blomberg
as Count Svante
Björn Gustafson
as Jesper Jakobsson
Irma Christensson
as Ebba Bergman--Henrik's Aunt
Lena Brogren
as Miss Lisen
Bjorn Granath
as Oscar Akerblom--Anna's Half-Brother
Ernst-Hugo Järegård
as Professor Sundelius
Sif Ruud
as Beda Bergman--Henrik's Aunt
Emy Storm
as Tekla Kronstrom
Ernst Gunther
as Uncle Freddy
Anita Björk
as Queen Viktoria
Nils Eklund
as Churchwarden
Barbro Kollberg
as Gertrud Tallroth
Roland Hedlund
as Herman Nagel--Works Manager
Leif Forstenberg
as Mr. Johansson
Bertil Norstrom
as Alopeus
Marie Goranzon
as Elin Nordenson
Gun Jonsson
as Marta Lagerstam
Ake Lagergren
as Chamberlain Segersward
Gunilla Nyroos
as Svea Akerblom--Oscar's Wife
Gaby Stenberg
as Matron Fanny


Bille August
Lars Bjalkeskog
Ingmar Bergman
Jörgen Persson
Stefan Nilsson
Composer (Music Score)
Anna Asp
Production Designer