Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Release: The Best Intentions

Digital Release Date: June 7, 2016, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 7, 2016
Price: DVD $17.39, Blu-ray $24.02
Studio: Film Movement


Bille August’s 1992 Palme d’Or and National Film Critics award-winning feature The Best Intentions is based on a screenplay by legendary Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman (Fanny and Alexander).

Samuel Fröler falls in love with Pernilla August in The Best Intentions

Samuel Fröler falls in love with Pernilla August in The Best Intentions

Penned nearly a decade after his announced retirement from feature filmmaking, The Best Intentions is Bergman’s tribute to his parent’s romance. In 1909, poor, idealistic Swedish theology student Henrik Bergman (Samuel Fröler) falls in love with Anna Åkerbloom (Pernilla August, The Last Sentence), 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.

Featuring a new 2K restoration supervised by the film’s producers and an essay written by Bergman scholar Peter Cowie, Film Movement’s release of The Best Intentions represents the film’s U.S. Blu-ray debut.

As an exclusive bonus, the Blu-ray edition includes Bergman’s 1986 short film Karin’s Face, which has never before been released in any home entertainment format in the U.S. The 14-minute film focuses on Bergman’s mother, Karin, and consists of vintage still photos of Karin and other members of her family set to a piano score by Bergman’s one-time wife Kabi Laretej.

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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.