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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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Jan Troell

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Niklas Rådström (screenplay), Jan Troell (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Heiskanen ... Maria Larsson
Mikael Persbrandt ... Sigfrid Larsson
Jesper Christensen ... Sebastian Pedersen
Callin Öhrvall ... Maja Larsson (age 15-22)
Nellie Almgren Nellie Almgren ... Maja Larsson (age 8-10)
Birte Heribertson Birte Heribertson ... Maja Larsson (narration) / Aunt Tora (as Birte Heribertsson)
Ghita Nørby Ghita Nørby ... Miss Fagerdal
Amanda Ooms ... Matilda
Emil Jensen Emil Jensen ... Englund
Claire Wikholm ... Grandmother Karna
Ann Petrén ... Ida
Antti Reini Antti Reini ... Finnish Sea Captain
Annika Lundgren Annika Lundgren ... Miss Öst
Maria Lundqvist ... Miss Petrén
Hans Henrik Clemensen 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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Sweden | Denmark | Norway | Finland | Germany

Language:

Swedish | Finnish

Release Date:

24 September 2008 (Sweden) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€4,773,906 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,443, 8 March 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$606,126, 21 June 2009
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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For better or for worse
3 May 2009 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (2008), directed by Jan Troell, is showing in the U.S. with the title "Everlasting Moments." It's an unusual movie, and I enjoyed it, but it's hard to describe or review.

The film takes place in Sweden, roughly between 1900 and 1920. It's more or less an "I Remember Mama"-type memoir, narrated by the oldest daughter of a married working-class couple--Maria Larsson, played by Maria Heiskanen, and Sigfrid Larsson, played by Mikael Persbrandt.

Maria Heiskanen is a very attractive actor, but this part calls for her to appear relatively plain, which she manages to accomplish. (Sort of like Betsy Blair appearing as "the dog" in "Marty.") Her husband is a basically decent sort of guy, who was considered a good catch when they married. Unfortunately, he's a mean drunk and, even when sober, he's not always the best of spouses.

What makes Maria different is that she has won a camera in a lottery, and her ability to take photographs moves the plot forward, insofar as it moves forward at all.

The film more or less meanders along, with episodes that appear realistic enough, but that don't always seem to be heading in a clear direction from beginning to middle to end. Time moves forward, and people--and the actors who portray them--get older, but the movie doesn't unfold in an "A therefore B, B therefore C" sort of way.

This is a movie to watch if you don't demand sex or action, if you don't mind a slow pace, and if you don't mind a movie that appears to be shot more in sepia than in true color. I enjoy that kind of film, so I liked "Everlasting Moments." If your tastes don't run along those lines, I'd pass it by.

Incidentally, we saw the film in a theater, but I think it would work well on a small screen.


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