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Everlasting Moments (2008)
"Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick" (original title)

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In a time of social change and unrest, war and poverty, a young working class woman, Maria, wins a camera in a lottery. The decision to keep it alters her whole life.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Maria Larsson
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Sigfrid Larsson
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Sebastian Pedersen
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Maja Larsson (age 15-22)
Nellie Almgren ...
Maja Larsson (age 8-10)
Birte Heribertsson ...
Maja Larsson (narration) / Aunt Tora
Ghita Nørby ...
Miss Fagerdal
Amanda Ooms ...
Matilda
Emil Jensen ...
Englund
Claire Wikholm ...
Grandmother Karna
Ann Petrén ...
Ida
Antti Reini ...
Finnish Sea Captain
Annika Lundgren ...
Miss Öst
Maria Lundqvist ...
Miss Petrén
Hans Henrik Clemensen ...
Mr. Fagerdal
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Sweden, early 1900s - an era of social change and unrest, war and poverty. A young working class woman, Maria, wins a camera in a lottery. The camera grants her the eyes to view the world, and empowers her over several decades to raise and nurture her family of six children and an alcoholic, womanizing and sometimes violent, although ultimately loving, husband. Written by IFC Films

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24 September 2008 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Everlasting Moments  »

Box Office

Budget:

€4,773,906 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$40,443 (USA) (6 March 2009)

Gross:

$606,126 (USA) (19 June 2009)
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Sweden's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the The 81st Annual Academy Awards (2009). See more »

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Features Easy Street (1917) See more »

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from the musical "A Trip to Chinatown"
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If you're searching for a historical period piece on Sweden's social history,or just hanker for a well written,directed,photographed & acted drama on family bonds,'Maria Larssons Eviga Ogonblick',or as it is being distributed in English speaking countries as 'Everlasting Moments' is the film for you. Sweden's Jan Troell (known in the U.S. for his 1971 film,'The Emigrants')directs,co-writes the screenplay (with Niklas Randstrom & Agneta Ulfsater Troell,based on a story by Ulfsater Troell),and photographs (with assistance from Mischa Gavrjusjov)this love letter to photography. The story concerns several years in the life of a housewife,named Maria Larsson (a care worn looking Maria Heiskanen),her mean,brute of an alcoholic husband,Sigge (Mikael Persbrandt),and their brood of children (with the narrative being told by their daughter,Maja (played by Callin Orhvall). Maria has won a camera in a lottery,and after is sits around for several years,is finally used for family portraits,special events,etc.,much to the chagrin of her controlling husband. What I truly admired about this film is that,in addition to being a chronicle of the tempestuous lives of the family,also acts as a history of Swedish social history as a backdrop (much like Bertolucci's '1900'). This is Swedish film making at it's best (it's a delight to look at,especially on a full screen,as well as it's story telling abilities). Well worth seeking out. Spoken in Swedish & Finnish with English subtitles. Not rated by the MPAA,this film has raunchy language,sexuality,and some disturbing moments of spouse abuse that will upset some,as well as pervasive alcoholism. Leave junior home.


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