Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (Everlasting Moments) (Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moment)2009
Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (Everlasting Moments) (Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moment) (2009)
Critic Consensus: Elegant and intimate, Everlasting Moments moves at the deliberate and gentle pace of a classical European period drama.
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as Maria Larsson
as Sebastian Pedersen
as Sigfrid Larsson
as Maja Larsson (15-22 yrs.)
as Miss Fagerdal
as Tora/Maja's Voiceover
as The Captain
as Miss Öst
as Miss Petrén
as Algot Fagerdal
as Maja (8-10 years)
as Ville (7-9 years)
as Ville (14-21 years)
as Stina (5-7 years)
as Stina (12-19 years)
as Sven (3-5 years)
as Sven (10-12 years)
as Sven (14-17 years)
as Anna (5-6 years)
as Anna (8-9 years)
as Anna (12 years)
as Elon (as Newborn)
as Elon (1 year)
as Elon (2 years)
as Elon (7 years)
as Erik (2 years)
as Erik (5 years)
as Aunt Anna
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Critic Reviews for Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (Everlasting Moments) (Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moment)
What makes the photographer's story so compelling is that her life's work actually does come alive onscreen.
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.
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.
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.
A movie like Everlasting Moments comes along maybe once in a decade.
[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.
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.
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.
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.
Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (Everlasting Moments) (Maria Larsson's Everlasting Moment) Quotes
|Voice of Maja:||Why Mother stayed with Father I've always found a mystery. Perhaps it was love.|
|Voice of Maja:||When Mother looked at her pictures she'd say: "Imagine, we'll always be here. These moments will be everlasting."|
|Voice of Maja:||When Mother looked at her pictures she'd say: 'Imagine, we'll always be here. These moments will be everlasting.'|
|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."|
|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.'|
|Sigfrid Larsson:||Going out just as I get home?|
|Maria Larsson:||Where else would we get money?|
|Sigfrid Larsson:||I don't want you cleaning for capitalist swine, do you hear?|