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The Best Intentions ()

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The story of Ingmar Bergman's parents. In 1909, poor theology student Henrik Bergman falls in love with Anna Åkerbloom, the daughter of a rich family in Uppsala. After their wedding Henrik becomes a priest in the north of Sweden. After a few years Anna can't stand living in the rural county with the uncouth people. She returns to Uppsala, Henrik stays in the north. (imdb)

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The Best Intentions belongs to 26 collections
1. Palme d'Or (public: moderated by mpowell - 56 stars)
2. Over 3 Hours Long (public: moderated by djross - 14 stars)
3. Miniseries (public: moderated by djross - 12 stars)
4. Best of criticker: Drama (public: moderated by avgcrtckr - 8 stars)
5. Alternate versions / cuts (public: moderated by PeaceAnarchy - 6 stars)
6. Best of criticker: Romance (public: moderated by avgcrtckr - 4 stars)
7. 1910s period film (public: moderated by djross - 1 star)
8. Cannes 1992 Official Selection (public: moderated by djross)
9. Cannes Film Festival: Best Actress (public: moderated by CCLZA)
10. Best of criticker: Biography (public: moderated by avgcrtckr)
12. Djross best film by this director (private: djross - 1 star)
13. 4: Rewatches (private: KasperL)
14. Djross 1992 top ten (private: djross)
15. My DVD Collection (private: balseiros)
16. Rewatch & Random (private: ForrestQ)
17. Esplanade to see (private: Malcym)
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TCI | Tier | Date Ranked | # Stars (Reviews)
Date User Score
Jan 04 Erenov Erenov
80T6
Oct 30, 2017 DrWade42
79T7
Aug 14, 2017 kcknz kcknz
78T6
Aug 05, 2017 FutureCritic FutureCritic
90T9
Jul 27, 2017 jcarv jcarv
90T5
Jun 20, 2017 jgreenwood jgreenwood
80T9
Jun 20, 2017 djross djross
80T9
A very good screenplay, competently filmed, about complex characters moved by personal and sociohistorical forces they struggle to control. Between Anna's tender bourgeois girl and Henrik's tormented priest, we can see the formative elements of Bergman's own personality, to which is added Henrik's bitter class-resentment, portrayed essentially as a man fundamentally incapable of making a good decision: whose side Bergman was on is not much of a mystery. Far superior to most period dramas.
Jun 12, 2017 Gody85 Gody85
71T9
Mar 29, 2017 RYM_byrates RYM-byrates
68T8
Mar 08, 2017 letterboxdvo letterboxdvo
36T7
Jan 19, 2017 khcustom
85T6
Jan 19, 2017 Panicbeach
80T10
Jan 12, 2017 vildanden vildanden
80T9
Jan 11, 2017 joewkeh joewkeh
76T9
Dec 01, 2016 nunobar
70T5
Oct 19, 2016 jerrywarton
66T6
Oct 13, 2016 Charlie Charlie
85T10
Aug 29, 2016 jerfairall jerfairall
75T7
Jul 29, 2016 cat9man cat9man
90T9
Jul 04, 2016 MrWhiplash
100T9
Jun 16, 2016 schnofel schnofel
84T10
Apr 16, 2016 andymalafaia andymalafaia
80T10
Dec 18, 2015 MUBIvotes MUBIvotes
39T9
Dec 15, 2015 robot2xl robot2xl
73T6
Oct 27, 2015 kuxa kanema
67T5
Oct 16, 2015 Niska Niska
48T10
Sep 27, 2015 Oktay Oktay
80T8
Sep 22, 2015 Phil_Clowns Phil Clowns
55T2
Aug 29, 2015 avgcrtckr avgcrtckr
79T10
Aug 29, 2015 filmaffinity filmaffinity
75T10
Aug 23, 2015 BARBAGROSSA
90T6
Jun 01, 2015 anjos
60T5
Apr 10, 2015 fungusgnat
99T10
Jan 29, 2015 LosWochos
90T9
Jan 21, 2015 chiphall72
82T8
Nov 16, 2014 gargantua gargantua
79T8
Jul 15, 2014 KasperL KasperL
80T9
I wish I'd been aware that August and Bergman's Palme D'or winner was a cut down version of a mini-series that was almost twice as long. Had I known, I definitely would have wanted to watch that instead. Nevertheless, the film treats us to very memorable moments (and some soap opera-ish ones), taking a patient subsequent slices of life approach which transcends traditional script structure by playing out over the course of multiple years, and we get to go on quite a journey with Henrik and Anna.
May 27, 2014 P. Square In
94T10
Jan 13, 2014 Darvishi Darvishi
100T10
Dec 26, 2013 trannygranny
0T3
Sep 22, 2013 ludymylla ludymylla
88T9
Sep 16, 2013 Limdebois Limdebois
60T5
Aug 10, 2013 Barkinson
70T9
Jul 16, 2013 rant1229 rant1229
92T10
The history of Bergman's parents as the story of Bergman's psyche - yearning for faith in a cold, ambivalent universe, desperately trying to connect with another human being, the highs of love, the lows of separation and selfishness, the conflicts of different generations, the joys, eccentricities and stubbornness of aristocracy, yup there's even a big lavish Christmas. Even better that it was directed by someone who wasn't Bergman himself.
Jul 05, 2013 flowing flowing
71T8
Jun 25, 2013 Colten97
90T5
Certainly, it%u2019s intimidatingly long but it has a cumulative power which results from the deliberate pacing and it occasionally explodes in riveting scenes of confrontation which are pointed, hurtful and overwhelmingly true.
May 19, 2013 PatsLondon Pats_London
85T8
Mar 20, 2013 Riel
90T9
Feb 28, 2013 zamanzaman zamanzaman
77T9
Jan 10, 2013 Liv Liv
83T5
I liked the way it was natural.
Dec 08, 2012 Chr_Bach Chr. Bach
80T9
Jun 19, 2012 ACMutd ACMutd
88T9
May 09, 2012 dbentien
80T9
Apr 28, 2012 nrm4
67T7
Apr 12, 2012 Yubermis ()
92T6
Sep 08, 2011 nicson
70T8
Aug 02, 2011 Karr Karr
90T9
Apr 04, 2011 bentien
78T9
Aug 11, 2010 IMDb_byvotes IMDb-byvotes
76T8
May 23, 2010 Joshua Joshua
95T4
Mar 03, 2010 komois
80T8
Feb 24, 2010 vsls vsls
80T9
Oct 18, 2009 thecensor the_censor
0T6
Aug 17, 2009 filmcricket
73T8
Apr 21, 2009 autocrat
85T8
Apr 17, 2009 imdb imdb
76T9
Mar 15, 2009 EmeraldGuard EmeraldGuard
100T10
Mar 13, 2009 eggbeater
67T7
Dec 19, 2008 eliadorus eliadorus
10T10
Jul 24, 2008 Tizzy Tizzy
87T9
Jul 10, 2008 xkex
100T9
Oct 04, 2007 SailorRipley SailorRipley
80T4
Aug 13, 2007 IndyFilmFest IndyFilmFest
96T10
Aug 13, 2007 FitFortDanga MartinTeller
92T10
The script is wonderful, Bergman understands people and their relationships like no one else. It makes characters in other movies seem embarassingly incomplete. Bergman's characters change their minds, have violent outbursts followed by tender moments, feel guilt and doubt and pride and shame, and the words they speak are so right. August's direction is more distant than Bergman's, but he does a fine job, getting great performances from the leads.
Jun 05, 2007 Stain Stain
0T1
Jan 02, 2007 driscarpin driscarpin
78T7
Nov 27, 2006 RPMcMurphy
85T10
Average Tier 7.83 from 77 Rankings rss