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The Best Intentions (1992/Film Movement Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B Extras: B Film: C

If you're a fan of the films of Ingmar Bergman, then you won't want to miss this romantic story about his own two parents that is both realistic and heartfelt. Directed from a Bergman screenplay by Billie August, the film features a great cast and an exhaustingly long running time of 181 minutes, this film is purely for fans of Bergman or movie audience members that don't mind sitting through something slow and low (not to say it isn't well done or executed). Film Movement has done a great job with this release, however, and even included a rare short film of his entitled Karin's Face.

The Best Intentions (1992) stars Samuel Froler, Pernilla August, and the superb Max von Sydow who plays August's father in the film about the deep connections between the characters from so long ago, who turn out to be Bergman's real-life parents.

The film begins in the early 1900s, where a poor student named Henrik (Froler) falls in love with Anna (August), who is the daughter of a rich family in Uppsala. The two fall in love and Henrik becomes a priest in Sweden. Unhappy with her new location, Anna longs to go back to her home in Uppsala, which puts tension on their relationship and growing family.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a lossy, though surprisingly clear Swedish Dolby Digital 2.0 track (though why no lossless?), the film looks and sounds fantastic on Blu-ray disc, especially with some of the soft and complex shots it offers.

Special Features include...

Ingmar Bergman's rare and evocative short film, Karin's Face, now available for the first time ever to American audiences.

Collector's Booklet with film essay by cinema expert, Peter Cowie; cast and crew credits; chapter breaks; stills.

Not quite up my alley, but a solid film if you are a romantic or fan of this type of cinema.

- James Lockhart



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