Everlasting Moments

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Released 2008

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Director:
Jan Troell
Released:
2008
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Everlasting Moments is a 2008 Swedish drama inspired by the true story of Maria Larsson (Maria Heiskanen), a Finnish working class woman living in the early 1900s. It is set in a time of social change and unrest, war and poverty. Maria is married to an alcoholic and womanizing dockworker, Sigge (Mikael Persbrandt). In spite of this she still devotes all of her attention, care, and consideration to the well-being of her family, all at the expense of her own identity and self-awareness. Her husband leaves the worries of family responsibilities entirely to Maria and her situation appears desperate until she wins a camera in a local lottery which alters her life. When a camera shop owner, Sebastian Pedersen (Jesper Christensen), encourages Maria to keep the camera she begins taking and developing gorgeous, haunting photographs. She soon begins to see the world in new ways allowing her self-discovery to build and her identity to take on form and definition. Meanwhile, however, her husband's life falls to pieces when the authorities connect him with the catastrophic explosion of a British vessel. The story is narrated by Maria's daughter, Maja (Callin ''hrvall).moreless

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It is a great story of love and hope, told tenderly and without any great striving for effect.

  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Artistically on a plane with or near the vet filmmaker's best work, this period drama about a woman slowly discovering her metier is an artisanal creation par excellence.

  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The result is an experience that, even as it feels a bit familiar, is nonetheless engrossing and satisfying.

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    Foreign Language, Historical, Social Issues