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Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (Everlasting Moments) (Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moment) (2009)



Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 99
Fresh: 90 | Rotten: 9

Elegant and intimate, Everlasting Moments moves at the deliberate and gentle pace of a classical European period drama.


Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 28 | Rotten: 1

Elegant and intimate, Everlasting Moments moves at the deliberate and gentle pace of a classical European period drama.



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In a series of remarkable events inspired by a true story, Maria Heiskanen stars as Maria Larsson, a Finnish mother and housewife who devotes all of her attention, care, and consideration to the well-being of her family -- but, like many homemakers, does so at the expense of her own identity and self-awareness. Not that her dockworker husband, Sigge (Mikael Persbrandt), particularly deserves such consideration; a brutish, alcoholic lout, his evenings consist of making life hell for Maria and

Jun 29, 2010


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What makes the photographer's story so compelling is that her life's work actually does come alive onscreen.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Veteran Swedish director Jan Troell loads the chronicle of a poor family in troubled times, 1907 through the late 1920s, with a powerful subtext about class, faith, artistic fulfillment and the mysteries of love.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Mischa Gavrjusjov keys the camera work to the characters' moods, inky blacks portending a thunderous alcoholic outburst, golden washes signaling the heroine's late blooming.

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Troell's film meshes scenes of high drama and silent contemplation while the milky, sepia-toned Super16 photography lends the images an exquisite, tactile quality.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A movie like Everlasting Moments comes along maybe once in a decade.

April 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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[Director] Troell lovingly re-creates a time when socialism and Charlie Chaplin movies represented the ways forward, and he anchors his social panorama in the meek, stubborn stare of an unnoticed woman possessed with looking at everything.

April 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Jan Troell's ode to art therapy is the kind of old fashioned tale that we don't much see anymore.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source:

While it never reaches great heights, Everlasting Moments offers subtle, satisfying rewards with well drawn characters.

August 12, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

There is a sense of magic to photography as presented in the film...

August 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
Turner Classic Movies Online

Feels a little repetitive and predictable in its depiction of the ordinary and the domestic. But there's something stubborn and gritty about Heiskanen's performance.

August 11, 2010 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

Attractively shot, this quietly moving tale is marked by a handful of haunting moments.

August 9, 2010 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

It feels like a labour of love ... sometimes it feels as though it's lost direction, but I recognise it is sincere and a keenly observed insight into a singular life

August 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

takes the art of photography with the utmost seriousness, and each shot in the film is testament to the powers of composition and lighting

July 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Jan Troell's beautiful and evocative 2008 film about a simple Swedish housewife who, in 1911, begins to discover her artistic soul after being gifted with a camera. A genuinely wonderful film.

July 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Discreet, old-fashioned, traditional and altogether admirable, this is Jan Troell at his best.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Sepia-toned and tough-minded

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

This is a Dickensian tale about the transformative power of art.

June 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

One of those strange movies -- like the films of Satyajit Ray -- that one seems to inhabit rather than watch.

June 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The scenes in which Maria discovers the pleasures of photography are affecting.

May 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Everlasting Moments is a true masterpiece.

May 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The film is exquisitely shot. Yet something's missing. The figures in Maria's photographs are uncannily substantial. The characters in the film, by comparison, seem like fragrant ghosts.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Told with delicacy and feeling Everlasting Moments slowly builds into a memorable salute to a remarkable life.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Superficially interesting in many ways but this doesn't really engage on a deeper level.

May 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (Everlasting Moments) (Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moment)

This is an interesting movie. Set in Sweden in the early 1900's. Back in the days when life was hard, marriages were until "death do us part" and there is no AA. Makes you glad to know that we things are a little easier now.

Maria rises above the banality of that life - with the help of a camera she won in a lottery, and a soul-mate - the local photographer.
September 20, 2010

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A visually stunning Swedish film that tells the story of a woman, faithful to her brutally abusive husband, and who finds a creative outlet in taking photographs. The story is told with a voice over from the eldest daughter as a remembrance of her parents' marriage. Maria Larsson (Maria Heiskanen) falls for the big, strong Sigfrid, or Sigge (Mikael Persbrandt), and marries him. After several children, she discovers a camera she had won as a girl. With the family down on its luck, she tries to pawn it, at a photographers shop, only to have the proprietor, Sebastien Pedersen (Jesper Christensen), talk her into trying her hand at photography. The interplay between the leads was carefully nuanced. We saw the mutual admiration that developed between the photographer, Sebastien, and his protege, and the jealousy of her husband. We saw the poverty that the family lived in, and yet also the joy that they shared over simple pleasures. We saw the frustration of a man who knew he was a poor provider. We saw his conflict over fulfilling his familial obligations and his moral weakness as evidenced by his taking a mistress. There were scenes of incredible beauty, lovingly framed and beautifully acted. There were scenes of unspeakable brutality exacerbated by Sigge's thirst for the demon rum (or Slivovitz, or whatever it was that he drank) and his guilt. But through it all, it was the strength and decency of Maria that kept this viewer enthralled. At something over two hours, this film requires an investment, but that proves well worth the effort. We cannot begin to understand what kept Maria going through the rough patches, but one's admiration for her never wavers. There is wonder here in the midst of the squalor, light shining on the darkest places, and hope, springing eternal.
November 5, 2009
Mark Abell

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[font=Century Gothic]In "Everlasting Moments," Maria(Maria Heiskenan) and Sigge(Mikael Persbrandt) win a camera in a lottery. Maria claims ownership but Sigge wants to share, so he suggests they get married.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]This is certainly a sweet story but also a patently lousy reason for getting married which expresses itself perfectly in 1907 more than ten years later when their daughter's teacher Miss Ost(Annika Lundgren) visits, bringing a copy of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" with her. Sigge interrupts the meeting stinking drunk with a couple of his friends. This is not an unusual occurrence as he is constantly being tossed out of the local temperance union. And his job on the docks is certainly no excuse for such behavior. Maria does not drink, not only having four children to care for while also accepting any odd job that comes her way. However, that is not enough when a dock strike puts Sigge out of work, so she has to sell the camera but the proprietor of a camera shop, Mr. Pedersen(Jesper Christensen), has a different idea.[/font]

[font=Century Gothic]"Everlasting Moments" is a bittersweet period piece that hews very closely to the values of the period being captured, even if that may seem a little strange to those of us living a hundred years in the future. This is also a time of great innovation both in inventions like the motion picture camera and political theory like anarchism(yay!) which are making their first appearances but it takes time for them to affect the world properly. So, it should come as no surprise that it takes an even greater force of will to change one's world when one has been exploited for so long.[/font]
March 22, 2009
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Everlasting Moments is something very unusual: a very good and well-executed movie from my home country, Sweden. The story is intriguing and the photography excellent. Great acting from Heiskanen and Persbrandt. Not an everlasting experience, but definitely memorable.
April 3, 2009
Stefan P

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    1. Voice of Maja: Why Mother stayed with Father I've always found a mystery. Perhaps it was love.
    – Submitted by Ralph T (2 years ago)
    1. Voice of Maja: When Mother looked at her pictures she'd say: 'Imagine, we'll always be here. These moments will be everlasting.'
    – Submitted by Ralph T (2 years ago)
    1. Maja Larsson (15-22 yrs.): My little brother Erik never learned to walk without crutches. But he could swim. Sometimes he'd sit on the seabed: 'You think so well down there,' he said, 'And you don't weigh anything.'
    – Submitted by Ralph T (2 years ago)
    1. Sigfrid Larsson: Going out just as I get home?
    2. Maria Larsson: Where else would we get money?
    3. Sigfrid Larsson: I don't want you cleaning for capitalist swine, do you hear?
    4. Maria Larsson: Where have you learned words like that?
    5. Sigfrid Larsson: 'Words like that'? It's what I mean.
    – Submitted by Ralph T (2 years ago)
    1. Maja Larsson (15-22 yrs.): Years later, I discovered an undeveloped plate in her camera. It was the only picture Mother ever took of herself.
    – Submitted by Ralph T (2 years ago)
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