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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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 their daughter with tyrannical, abusive behavior. Then, as the dockworkers go on strike and the family's economic situation plummets, a ray of hope appears, in the form of a Contessa camera won in a local lottery. Unsurprisingly, Maria at first attempts to pawn it to reel in extra monies, but store owner Sebastian Pedersen convinces her otherwise; he teaches her how to use it, and she begins taking gorgeous, haunting photographs with the unaffected, instinctive perceptions of a young child. As the woman's self-discovery builds and her identity takes on form and definition, Sebastian unofficially takes her on as a protégée and quietly witnesses romantic feelings for her building inside of him. Meanwhile, Sigge's life falls to pieces when the authorities connect him with the catastrophic explosion of a British vessel. Maria's daughter, Maja (Callin Öhrvall), narrates.
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Maria Heiskanen
as Maria Larsson
Jesper Christensen
as Sebastian Pedersen
Mikael Persbrandt
as Sigfrid Larsson
Callin Öhrvall
as Maja Larsson (15-22 yrs.)
Emil Jensen
as Englund
Ghita Nørby
as Miss Fagerdal
Amanda Ooms
as Matilda
Birte Heribertson
as Tora/Maja's Voiceover
Antti Reini
as The Captain
Annika Lundgren
as Miss Öst
Maria Lundqvist
as Miss Petrén
Hans Henrik Clemmensen
as Algot Fagerdal
Nellie Almgren
as Maja (8-10 years)
Johanna Troell
as Margareta
Rune Bergman
as August
Charles Wojnicki
as Ville (7-9 years)
Henrik Persson
as Ville (14-21 years)
Tindra Cederved
as Stina (5-7 years)
Sigrid Hemer Nordernhake
as Stina (12-19 years)
Noah Stenberg
as Sven (3-5 years)
John Eskilsson
as Sven (10-12 years)
Max Eskilsson
as Sven (14-17 years)
Lydia Molin
as Anna (5-6 years)
Tova Dahan
as Anna (8-9 years)
Julia Ragnarsson
as Anna (12 years)
Oskar Carlqvist
as Elon (as Newborn)
Milo Sundgren Ekberg
as Elon (1 year)
Lukas Karlsson
as Elon (2 years)
Alex Reingoldt
as Elon (7 years)
Pascal Ortega Vemming
as Erik (2 years)
Emil Dämhagen
as Erik (5 years)
Zenna Fiscella
as Ingeborg
Maria Kulle
as Aunt Anna
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What makes the photographer's story so compelling is that her life's work actually does come alive onscreen.

Full Review… | June 12, 2009
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.

Full Review… | June 12, 2009
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.

Full Review… | May 29, 2009
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.

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

April 9, 2009
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.

Full Review… | April 2, 2009
Boston Globe
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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.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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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.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

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.

Stefan P
Stefan P

Super Reviewer

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