Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.
Original title: Den Goda Viljan
Sweden/Germany/United Kingdom/Italy/France/Denmark/Finland/Norway/Iceland, 1992. SVT Drama, Danmarks Radio, Yleisradio, La Sept Cinema, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, Channel Four Films, RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana, Norsk Rikskringkasting, Ríkisútvarpið-Sjónvarp RÚV, Focus Features International. Screenplay by Ingmar Bergman. Cinematography by Jorgen Persson. Produced by Ingrid Dahlberg. Music by Bjorn Linnman,Stefan Nilsson. Production Design by Anna Asp. Costume Design by Ann Mari Anttila. Film Editing by Janus Billeskov Jansen.
The examination of marriage isn’t a new theme for Ingmar Bergman, who wrote and directed a six hour drama on the subject in 1972’s Scenes From A Marriage. Here his script is directed by Bille August, and the two come up with a film that is fascinating and magical: another three hours of two people bickering that you hope never ends. Pernilla August (the director’s wife) is stunning as Bergman’s mother, who marries a peaceful Swedish pastor and spends her life contemplating that very decision. This is one of the finest masterpieces in the great artist’s trunk of stories and the best of the scripts he’s written of late. Pernilla August continued the exploration of the same character in Liv Ullmann’s Private Confessions.
Cannes Film Festival Awards: Palme D’Or; Best Actress (Pernilla August)