The Last Sentence (2014)



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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 and compliance, with few daring to speak up against the evil around them. Among those who did, nobody was as loud and as uncompromising as Segerstedt (Danish star Jesper Christensen, Nymphomaniac: Volume 1, Melancholia), one of the most prominent Swedish journalists of the 20th century. In the eyes of many of his countrymen, his pen was far more dangerous than the Nazi sword. Amidst the political turmoil of the era, Segerstedt's own personal life took a dramatic and scandalous turn as he entered into a very public affair with Maja Forssman, the Jewish wife of his close friend, the newspaper's publisher. Maja Forssman is played by Pernilla August, winner of the Cannes Best Actress Award for Bille August's Best Intentions. (c) Music Box
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Jesper Christensen
as Torgny Segerstedt
Ulla Skoog
as Puste Segerstedt
Pernilla August
as Maja Forssman
Björn Granath
as Axel Forssman
Kenneth Milldoff
as Per Albin Hansson
Lennart Hjulström
as Marcus Wallenberg
Peter Andersson
as Christian Günther
Birte Heribertson
as Estrid Ancker
Lia Boysen
as Anita Levisson
Johanna Troell
as Ingrid Segerstedt
Hanna Holmqvist
as Eva Segerstedt
Pasi Ilvesviita
as Tojje Segerstedt
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Critic Reviews for The Last Sentence

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (15)

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.

Full Review… | July 24, 2014
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.

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

Full Review… | July 10, 2014
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.

Full Review… | July 9, 2014
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.

Full Review… | June 20, 2014
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.

Full Review… | June 19, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for The Last Sentence


10/9/15 Netflix Black and White, sub-titled, set in pre war Sweden, what could be better. An interesting look at one mans courageous stand against Nazism but for maybe more personal reasons than it would seem.

Nick Ueber
Nick Ueber

good Swedish movie reminded me of my 90 year old neighbor who used to live next door to me back in the days

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