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Criterion Collection: Everlasting Moments [Blu-ray] [Import]

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  • Actors: Maria Heiskanen, Mikael Persbrandt, Jesper Christensen, Callin Öhrvall, Nellie Almgren
  • Directors: Jan Troell
  • Writers: Jan Troell, Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell, Maja Öman, Niklas Rådström
  • Producers: Bella Seward, Christer Nilson, Christof Groos
  • Format: Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: June 29 2010
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B003E0YU0Y
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Format: Blu-ray
I'm losing count of the number of foreign films I've discovered that I would like to show to friends. Unfortunately, the vast majority would not subject themselves to a subtitled film, so this review will have to be my outlet. Maybe it will persuade one person, somewhere, to watch this wonderful film?

I first saw Everlasting Moments on cable about two years ago. Although I admired it, I felt that it dragged a little at times and I awarded it 3.5/5. I don't know whether my tastes have matured significantly since that time, but I was captivated by last night's viewing on Criterion Blu-ray.

The story tells the true story of Maria Larsson (Heiskanen), who is distantly related to members of director Jan Troell's family. It opens in the first decade of the 1900s and ends in the early 1920s. The story is narrated by Maria's daughter, Maja, and the story is based on her real memoirs.

What can you expect from Everlasting Moments?

The story shows life in Sweden approximately 100 years ago. It's a brutally honest portrayal of poverty and hardship, and how Maria found an escape from that gritty existence through her photography. We are told at the outset that Maria won a camera in a lottery. The ticket was purchased by Sigfrid Larsson (Persbrandt), and he thought the camera should be his because he bought Maria the ticket. She told him that he would have to marry her if he wanted to share it, so he did.

Sigfrid is a complicated character. We discover that he is an alcoholic, and that he also has a weakness when it comes to other women. He appears to love Maria, but he's a violent man when under the influence of drink, causing all manner of problems for Maria and their children.
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I did show this to my Friday night film group of friends, the subtitles were welcome as several of us have failing hearing. Everyone loved it: the ultimately uplifting story and the wonderful period photography. There wasn't time to watch the extras, but I think I'll offer them next time as they tell the story behind the story with an interview with one of Maria's daughters and many of her own photographs, including the last - of herself. This is a zone 2 DVD requiring a "zone free" DVD player (obtained from The ex blockbuster used copies will probably be Zone 1, but don't included the extras. Incidentally the group is well used to subtitles, we were a Dane, a German, two USians and 2 English persons (one with a smattering of Finnish and the other with some Swedish).
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By little lady blue TOP 100 REVIEWER on Aug. 22 2013
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A camera takes on a persona of its own in this heartbreaking story. The violence of husband towards wife & children is raw & hard to watch, but there is such beauty in this woman - her suffering & her struggle & her one joy in life apart from her children - taking pictures & the man that shows her how.
Maria Heiskanen as the wife is outstanding.
A beautifully filmed movie about ugly violence.
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great movie great service
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Gentle Miracle of a Film Sept. 9 2009
By Grady Harp - Published on
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EVERLASTING MOMENTS ('Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick') is a quiet, gentle masterpiece of filmmaking. The screenplay by Niklas Rådström, based on a story by Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell and director Jan Troell, is so free of the expected extended dialogues that accompany films of this nature that it allows the magic of the period piece set in early 20th century Sweden to rely on the beauty of the cinematography by Mischa Gavrjusjov and Jan Troell and the subtle and simple film score by Matti Bye (with a little help from Massenet!). Filmed in the color scheme suggestive of the distinguished Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi, never straying far from sepia tones that ignite the solitude and light of the Nordic countries, this film could probably be successful as a silent movie - that is how powerful the production is.

We are told in the voice over introduction that Maria Larsson (the exceptional Finnish actress Maria Heiskanen) won a camera in a lottery and the only way she would share the strange prize would be if her boyfriend Sigfrid (Mikael Persbrandt) would marry her. The couple marries and begins a large family: Maria takes in sewing and Sigfrid works at the docks - and drinks to excess. Maria's world becomes progressively unhappy and though she continues to have children she longs for a life free of the influence of Sigfrid's alcoholism and womanizing. She finds her hidden camera and thinking to pawn it for money to support her children she seeks the advice of an older photographer Sebastian Pedersen (Jesper Christensen) who convinces her to discover the magic of photography as a means of expression and makes it possible for Maria to keep her camera and learn the art of photography. In Maria's oppressive life there is now a light as seen through the lens of her camera that allows her to sustain herself through times of social change, war (WW I), Sigfrid's imprisonment, and a clandestine love affair with the kind and caring Sebastian. The story moves slowly, like a stroll in the wintry woods, and introduces many characters whose significance grow through the film. The ending of the story is as gentle as a dream, or as an everlasting moment. It is sheer magic. For this viewer this is one of the finest films to come along in years. In Swedish and Finnish with subtitles. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, September 09
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5.0 out of 5 stars A movie about still photography? And it works . . . July 21 2016
By Stanley Crowe - Published on
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A very lovely 2008 movie by Jan Troell-- maybe even a great one -- that appeals to the viewer for different kinds of reasons. Most immediately, there is the story of a working-class woman in Sweden, in the first quarter of the 20th Century, who finds herself drawn to a relatively new technology, the camera, and finds in using it deep personal satisfaction and, later, and after some trials, a source of income for her large family at a time when her husband, for a variety of reasons, cannot be depended on as a source of income. The photographer is Maria Larsson (Maria Heiskanen), and her story is told, with voice-over transitions, ostensibly by her eldest daughter, Maja (Callen Ohrvall). The conflicts that arise within the Larsson family are due to the husband Sigfrid Larsson's drinking and womanizing and resenting the attention that Maria lavishes on her photography, although, with seven children she also has to clean rich people's houses and work as a dressmaker and seamstress. Maria is drawn emotionally to Sebastien Pedersen (Jesper Christensen), an older man who encourages her to use the camera (after she comes to his shop to try to sell it to him), and he is drawn to her, but Maria, who has a strong sense of obligation to her children and a strong sense that marriage vows matter, stays with her husband, even through a period when he is imprisoned for attempted murder (of Maria) and through continuing bouts of infidelity and drunkenness. One of the great successes of the movie is the way in which Maria's choice does not seem silly or conventional. Sigfrid is an attractive man, with humor and affection for his wife and children, and even through his (to put it mildly) erratic behaviour, we never feel that he is despicable. He has his success late in the movie when he starts up a hauling business with a horse that he has spontaneously saved from savage abuse. These are complicated characters, then, and Maria Heiskanen and Mikael Persbrandt (as Sigfrid) are unostentatiously brilliant in bringing these characters to life. Christensen has a less demanding part, but he is most touching and never pathetic as a not-fully-requited lover.

It's a great story, then, but it also raises questions about art -- a movie about still pictures! The photographs are never theorized as art by Maria (though Pedersen hints at their aesthetic dimensions) but rather as moments that will, now that they have been captured in photographs, last for ever, as aids to memory and perhaps as historical documents of a kind. And in the time-frame of the film, it was still a question whether or not narrative (for example, in the novel) was "really art." Maria's life is pretty much coincident with the great modernists (Joyce among them) who helped break away from the assumption that aesthetic form was static and led readers and viewers to a much more fluid view of form. The sense one gets from Maria's stills, though, is less of static form than of frozen narrative, so the movie's medium and Maria's reinforce one another. It's a beautiful looking movie too, with the handling of color -- from sepia-like to something more lively and varied -- being particularly effective. So -- just brilliantly conceived and executed and touchingly acted.
5.0 out of 5 stars Few movies will move you like this film I highly recommend this film if you ... June 17 2016
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Few movies will move you like this film I highly recommend this film if you enjoy story about how art can change our lives and emotional dramas that are gripping and move your heart.
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie, even with subtitles Oct. 15 2016
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Awesome movie, even with subtitles. I don't usually watch them, but this one caught my eye. Thoroughly enjoyed this movie.
4.0 out of 5 stars True to life Oct. 6 2016
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true to life at the time , I guess. I enjoyed watching it.