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Everlasting Moments (2008)

Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (original title)
Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 24 September 2008 (Sweden)
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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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Maja Larsson (age 15-22)
Nellie Almgren ...
Maja Larsson (age 8-10)
Birte Heribertsson ...
Maja Larsson (narration) / Aunt Tora
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Miss Fagerdal
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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)  »

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Everlasting Moments  »

Box Office

Budget:

€4,773,906 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$40,443 (USA) (8 March 2009)

Gross:

$606,126 (USA) (21 June 2009)
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In the UK this film would have received a 12 or 12A certificate but one instance of very strong language meant that under BBFC rules a 15 certificate was deemed necessary. See more »

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Features Easy Street (1917) See more »

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Meditation from Thais
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Piff, Paff, Puff
12 April 2009 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. The best word I can come up to describe this fine film is humanistic. Everything about director Jan Troell's (The Emigrants) approach is based on the affect or reaction of the individual, very human, characters.

Maria Heiskanen as Maria Larsson is fascinating ... in the most grounded, heartfelt style I have seen. She reminds of Imelda Staunton in her ability to sell grace and dignity despite all obstacles. This is not a film about some character's ability to make headlines. Rather it is one woman's battle for independence for herself and stability and safety for her seven children.

We may question why Maria insists on remaining with her violent-when-drunk husband, but she takes her father's counsel to honor her vows very seriously. She battles through much for her family but the true joy in the story comes from her awakening with a Contessa camera, courtesy of Sebastian Pederson (played well by Jesper Christensen). She discovers a god given talent and eye for photography.

This is a long film, but so realistically presented that it just compels the viewer to join in. Sadly, it won't find much of an audience in the U.S., but it is excellent film-making and a very rewarding journey.


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