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The Last Sentence (2014)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 14
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Oscar-nominated director Jan Troell, one of Sweden's most acclaimed filmmakers, directs the biopic The Last Sentence. Set against the backdrop of WWII, The Last Sentence is based on the life of crusading journalist Torgny Segerstedt, editor-in-chief of one of Sweden's leading newspapers, highlighting his one-man battle against Nazism and his country's policy of appeasement to Hitler. With Sweden caught between Nazi Germany and Stalin's Russia, the country's elites chose a policy of neutrality

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Drama

Klaus Rifbjerg, Jan Troell, Kenne Fant

$58.8k

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Unfortunately, Troell chose to shoot the movie in digital black-and-white; the imagery seems anachronistic in its precision, undermining the period decor and clashing with the occasional low-grain newsreel footage of Nazis on the march.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Troell invokes '50's and '60's Swedish cinema: masterly black-and-white cinematography, philosophical angst, a lifeless marriage and loved ones visiting from the afterlife.

July 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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It's a thoughtful and workmanlike portrait, but a less than profoundly moving one.

July 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Amazingly, Troell still operates his own camera. "The Last Sentence" was made digitally, and his attention to detail is remarkable.

July 9, 2014 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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The great 83-year-old Swedish director Jan Troell specializes in movies about men of great stature in furious conflict with both their countries and themselves.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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A more sophisticated work than it appears about a man whose life was more complicated than the world knew.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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This well-intentioned tale never breaks free from a dry and visually anemic history lesson that could easily be adapted into a monotonous stage play.

July 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL)
Daily Herald (IL)

With "The Last Sentence," veteran Swedish director Jan Troell serves up a well-mannered biography of a man known for anything but his restraint.

July 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

Exposes iconic anti-Nazi Swede's feet of clay-- a tangled personal life. Nuanced character study is a challenge to conventional portraits of heroism and challenging to watch.

June 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
Film-Forward.com

Ultimately, The Last Sentence, despite the great performances and awesome visuals, gets too preoccupied with its own interpersonal drama and soap opera dynamics, eventually forgetting to address some of the bigger moral implications it hints at.

June 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Nerdist
Nerdist

An unusually balanced, seemingly unbiased biopic. The cast can't be faulted in any way.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Dearest
Movie Dearest

A remarkably full-bodied and frank character study that illuminates the old saw about the political being personal in a genuinely unusual way.

June 20, 2014 Full Review Source: RogerEbert.com
RogerEbert.com

The struggle of a Swedish theology student turned crusading journalist to speak truth to Hitler's power while dealing with his own shadow side.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Intimate and handsomely designed portrait of a real-life crusading anti-Hitler journalist in Sweden during the war years engages on several levels even as it sacrifices a better defined political and historic backdrop.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The screenplay's exposition clunks along quite awkwardly, as characters find convenient reasons to spout out background information.

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

Like the man himself, the film, with its immaculate black-and-white compositions and cluttered plotting, is riddled with virtues and vices, high and lows

June 19, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

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