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The Last Sentence

Released Jun 20, 2014 2h 6m Drama History List
74% Tomatometer 31 Reviews 43% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Swedish journalist Torgny Segerstedt uses the power of the press against the Nazis; meanwhile, his personal life takes a scandalous turn when he begins an affair with his publisher's Jewish wife (Pernilla August). Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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J. R. Jones Chicago Reader 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. Jul 24, 2014 Full Review Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times 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. Rated: 3/4 Jul 17, 2014 Full Review Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post It's a thoughtful and workmanlike portrait, but a less than profoundly moving one. Rated: 2.5/4 Jul 10, 2014 Full Review Joanne Laurier World Socialist Web Site Unfortunately, Troell decided to focus instead on the dull personal life of Segerstedt... Aug 13, 2020 Full Review Nicholas Bell Features a great performance from the Danish actor Jesper Christensen. Rated: 3/5 Aug 30, 2019 Full Review Louis Proyect A decidedly noncommercial film about the courage of a newspaperman who was a real contrast to the inside-the-beltway hacks of today, anxious to justify every war that comes along. Oct 17, 2014 Full Review Read all reviews

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Serge L Very unusual film based on true character that was demeaning to Hitler during the war. Sweden trying to avoid fighting was bugged by the man and his articles. Luckily, Hitler decided to attack Russia instead of taking the whole europe and England. The film is interesting but it is not so much about an anti-Hitler as much as about the man himself, which was far from perfect. Still another take and point of view of the war. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/08/17 Full Review Audience Member 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. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member good Swedish movie reminded me of my 90 year old neighbor who used to live next door to me back in the days Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member This tangible, romantic, political and conversational tale about a truly dedicated anti-Nazi who some thought would jeopardize the national security of Sweden due to his outspoken publications about Nazism and possibly drag his country into the war, is set in West Sweden before and during the Second World War in the 1930s and early 1940s and is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, quick-witted dialog and the remarkable acting performances by Danish actor Jesper Christensen, Swedish actress and director Pernilla August, Swedish actress Ulla Skoog and Swedish actor Björn Granath. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member The important thing to remember is that this film is a fictional characterization based on events and conditions surrounding the real Torgny Segerstedt and is not meant to be biographical in the literal sense. The symbolism of autumn leaves in a stream and the paternalistic adoration of dogs over human relationships are excellent touches that enhance the ageing protagonist's narcissistic character. By the end of the film you are left questioning whether Torgny was a good man or a self-indulgent bastard; and that is as it should be when realistically portraying the flawed character of the public hero as a saint with clay feet. The black and white cinematic treatment helps us concentrate on the psychological elements of each character and is in line with our mental bias that events of that period are recollected in muted greys. Though not great film it was overall an excellent artistic effort on the part of the director and the cast. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/01/23 Full Review Audience Member REAL LIFE, REEL LIFE, STILL LIFE: My take on the movies The Last Sentence and Jersey Boys Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Swedish journalist Torgny Segerstedt uses the power of the press against the Nazis; meanwhile, his personal life takes a scandalous turn when he begins an affair with his publisher's Jewish wife (Pernilla August).
Jan Troell
Jan Troell, Klaus Rifbjerg
Music Box Films
Production Co
Maipo Film, Metronome Productions, Film i Väst, Sveriges Television, Filmpool Nord, Nordisk Film, Filmlance International AB
Drama, History
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Jun 20, 2014, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 20, 2015
Box Office (Gross USA)
2h 6m
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