Everlasting moments

Everlasting moments

DVD - 2010 | Swedish
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Though poor and abused by her alcoholic husband, Maria Larsson wins a camera in a lottery and finds an outlet in photography, which opens up her world for the first time. Includes documentaries, theatrical trailer, and a booklet.
Publisher: [Irvington, NY] : The Criterion Collection, [2010]
Edition: Special ed
ISBN: 9781604652840
1604652845
Branch Call Number: SWE 791.4372 M3323t
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (131 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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akirakato
Apr 30, 2018

Directed by Jan Troell in 2008, this Swedish docudrama depicts the life of Maria Larsson, a Swedish working class woman in the early 20th century.
She wins a camera in a lottery and goes on to become a photographer.
With a somewhat poetic rendition and a burnished bronze tint that evokes faded 20th century, it turns out as a vivid and heart-rending story of a woman liberated by art of photography.

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marieloudavril
Mar 12, 2018

The great story of the perseverance of a gifted woman in the face of troubled marriage, abuse , disapproval and self-doubt who find Liberation through art photography and preservation of memory and finding a measure of grace under trying circumstances. Well acted and worthy to watch.

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Nursebob
Mar 05, 2018

The acting is impeccable and the attention to period details is convincing enough, but Jan Troell’s film lacks any momentum or focus of its own: Maria and her husband Sigge move from one violent spat to another (taking time out for his affairs and her conceptions) while the kids go from puppy-eyed children to puppy-eyed adolescents and the only way one can mark the time is when the furniture gets rearranged, Sigge dons a WWI uniform, and intertitles occasional give us the year. Even the central theme (Liberation through art? The preservation of memory?) is consigned to Maria taking a couple of snapshots while the owner of a local camera shop fawns over her. Clocking in at over two hours in which not a whole lot happens one begins to wonder whether the memoirs on which it is based were missing a few pages.

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bibliophile55
Oct 17, 2015

Marvelous film. Highly worth watching. One might want to watch it twice before returning.
Five stars.

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BloomFree
May 14, 2014

I saw this movie before but forgot until I watched it again. Upon watching it again, I realized that it is a multi-layered story of love(s) - physical, spiritual and the combining of different roles in one life.

The emotional romance between Mrs. Larsson and the photography store owner is artfully done -- one must pay close attention to the feelings in the face -- rather than the actions of the actors to catch the strong under currents. There is subtle humor also for example when a man comments that he hopes that Maria's husband treats her as well as he treats the horses!

d2013 Dec 23, 2013

Very moving movie. Love that it's in sepia throughout. Gives it an authentic tone to it. Good story.

rauha Jun 09, 2013

great film true to an ordinary person discovering their innate gift of vision and gaining access to heartfelt expression transcending painful circumstances. liberation thru honesty and perseverance , maybe ART

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Tsusie
May 16, 2012

Amazing acting all around.Good portrayal of a loving abusive husband, the enduring wife both suffering from the social climes of the era. Just enough hint of the politics of the time to keep this theme clear. Subtitles give a good interpretation of the nuances you can see.

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lebaudroy
Jun 06, 2011

A moving study of marriage in early 1900's. Maria Heiskanen's role (the wife, the lead character) is well nuanced and emotionally raw. Mikael Persbrandt's performance, playing the drunk, abusive husband, is beyond compare. Reminds me of the energy of Albert Finney in Shoot The Moon. Here, Sigfrid is a complex role remarkably well delivered.

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heartofoak
Apr 07, 2011

There is so much to admire about this film. Not only is it beautifully filmed (with a slight sepia tone to mimic the medium of old photographs), the acting was superb – I felt like I was stealing glimpses of a real family from behind a curtain. Maria is in a tormented Edwardian marriage, bearing numerous children & dealing with an erratic alcoholic husband. Through the exploration of her newly discovered gift (photography), she manages to cope with the trials of her life. One of the best films I’ve seen this year.

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Tsusie
May 16, 2012

Tsusie thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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