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Everlasting Moments

Released Mar 6, 2009 2h 11m Drama List
90% Tomatometer 105 Reviews 84% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings
In Sweden in the early 1900s, "Everlasting Moments" chronicles the life of Maria Lawson (Maria Heiskanen), an immigrant from Finland who uses a camera she wins in a lottery to document her life. Maria works with her camera to support her children while tolerating frequent abuse from Sigfrid (Mikael Persbrandt), her womanizing and alcoholic husband. Maria's daughter Maja, who vividly presents her mother's strength and dignity in the face of considerable hardship, narrates the film. Read More Read Less
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Elegant and intimate, Everlasting Moments moves at the deliberate and gentle pace of a classical European period drama.

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Deborah Ross The Spectator One of those films in which nothing very much happens, but is full of character and incident all the same. It's a life - just a life - but Maria is so empathetic and portrayed with such love that we are as immersed in that life as she is. Aug 29, 2018 Full Review Philippa Hawker The Age (Australia) 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. Rated: 3/5 Aug 11, 2010 Full Review Stephen Cole Globe and Mail What makes the photographer's story so compelling is that her life's work actually does come alive onscreen. Rated: 3/4 Jun 12, 2009 Full Review Felicia Feaster Charleston City Paper Where the film is most satisfying is in an artfulness that operates beyond words. Jan 27, 2020 Full Review Brandy McDonnell The Oklahoman Excellent performances, canny cinematography and Troell's steady direction make Everlasting Moments worth experiencing. Rated: 3.5/4 Aug 8, 2018 Full Review Martha Polk MUBI Maria's interactions with film remind us of the most basic echelons of the filmic miracle-the miracles of reflection, projection, of light and seeing-and invite us into the excitement they hold. Dec 13, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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Georgan G A delightful picture about class, social change, family, art & maybe love. The acting is terrific and this Swedish drama keeps you interested. Nothing bad to say about about it, at all. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 10/01/23 Full Review Audience Member A sensitive, moving portrait of a hard life. Fittingly, and perhaps intentionally considering its subject, the tint and texture of this film evoke a kind of distant nostalgia and sadness that you only get when you look at old photographs Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member A beautifully told story. Love, love, love! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/07/18 Full Review Audience Member Jan Troell, the masterful Swedish filmmaker who writes, photographs, directs, and edits his pictures, completed this exquisite, intimate family saga at the age of 77. The story is based on the life of Maria Larson, the great aunt of Troell's wife, a working-class mother in early 1900s Sweden, who wins a camera in a lottery and develops into a photographer. Narrated by Larson's oldest daughter, Maja, this drama chronicles the hardships and joys for this impoverished Swedish family over the course of ten years. Maria Heiskanen as Maria Larson is willful, resourceful, and delicate. Her husband, a laborer, is a drunkard and brute yet Maria's unwavering love and support for him is portrayed with frankness. A local photographer spots Maria's talent and encourages her in her artistic pursuit. Their relationship has a wistful tenderness that resonates deeply. Troell has a graceful simplicity that shames most contemporary filmmakers. There are lyrical, funny sequences that linger: Maria photographing a young girl in repose with her children's horseplay seen through a glass window; the family playacting after viewing a Charlie Chaplin movie. This is a wonderful evocation of the past without mythologizing or editorializing. Agneta Ulfsater-Troell co-wrote the screenplay with her husband and Nikolas Radstrom. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/23/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a movie rooted in excellent performances, subtle visual metaphors and a lovely soundtrack. So worth seeing for all of these reasons. It's also depressing as bleep, so be sure to be prepared to feel like crap after watching it, especially armed with the knowledge that it's based on a true story. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member This is one of the most beautiful Swedish movies I have ever seen like "Saraband". "Not every one could see and hear like few gifted people". This is the story of a lady who happened to discover her true passion and identity by accident which is photography. Photography lovers will cherish this movie. There are lot of other issues are going on this film like capitalism and socialism, domestic abuse, alcohol abuse, illicit romance, prostitution..you name it. Don't miss it. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis In Sweden in the early 1900s, "Everlasting Moments" chronicles the life of Maria Lawson (Maria Heiskanen), an immigrant from Finland who uses a camera she wins in a lottery to document her life. Maria works with her camera to support her children while tolerating frequent abuse from Sigfrid (Mikael Persbrandt), her womanizing and alcoholic husband. Maria's daughter Maja, who vividly presents her mother's strength and dignity in the face of considerable hardship, narrates the film.
Director
Jan Troell
Producer
Tero Kaukomaa, Christer Nilson, Thomas Stenderup
Screenwriter
Niklas Rådström, Jan Troell, Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell
Distributor
IFC Films
Production Co
Final Cut Productions
Genre
Drama
Original Language
Finnish
Release Date (Theaters)
Mar 6, 2009, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 13, 2017
Box Office (Gross USA)
$606.1K
Runtime
2h 11m