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Everlasting Moments (2008)

Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History | 24 September 2008 (Sweden)
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In a time of social change and unrest, war and poverty, a young working class woman, Maria, wins a camera in a lottery. The decision to keep it alters her whole life.

Director:

Jan Troell

Writers:

Niklas Rådström (screenplay), Jan Troell (story) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 8 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maria Heiskanen ... Maria Larsson
Mikael Persbrandt ... Sigfrid Larsson
Jesper Christensen ... Sebastian Pedersen
Callin Öhrvall ... Maja Larsson (age 15-22)
Nellie Almgren Nellie Almgren ... Maja Larsson (age 8-10)
Birte Heribertson Birte Heribertson ... Maja Larsson (narration) / Aunt Tora (as Birte Heribertsson)
Ghita Nørby Ghita Nørby ... Miss Fagerdal
Amanda Ooms ... Matilda
Emil Jensen Emil Jensen ... Englund
Claire Wikholm ... Grandmother Karna
Ann Petrén ... Ida
Antti Reini ... Finnish Sea Captain
Annika Lundgren Annika Lundgren ... Miss Öst
Maria Lundqvist ... Miss Petrén
Hans Henrik Clemensen Hans Henrik Clemensen ... Mr. Fagerdal
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Storyline

Sweden, early 1900s - an era of social change and unrest, war and poverty. A young working class woman, Maria, wins a camera in a lottery. The camera grants her the eyes to view the world, and empowers her over several decades to raise and nurture her family of six children and an alcoholic, womanizing and sometimes violent, although ultimately loving, husband. Written by IFC Films

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Drama | History

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Sweden | Denmark | Norway | Finland | Germany

Language:

Swedish | Finnish

Release Date:

24 September 2008 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Everlasting Moments See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR4,773,906 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,443, 8 March 2009

Gross USA:

$610,825

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,383,108
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Runtime:

| (short)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Sweden's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category of the The 81st Annual Academy Awards (2009). See more »

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Moving portrait of an interesting lady
19 March 2011 | by tomgillespie2002See all my reviews

Based on the true story of working-class housewife and part-time photographer Maria Larsson, Jan Troell's film required financing from five different countries, and was almost five years in the making. When Maria Larsson (Maria Heiskanen) discovers a valuable camera in her home, she takes it to a pawn shop in order to raise some money when her husband Sigfrid (Mikael Persbrandt) loses his job. The shop owner Pedersen (Jesper Christensen) takes a special interest in the camera and shows Maria its sentimental value by demonstrating the way it manages to capture light in order to photograph an image. Having to care for her family while her abusive husband goes on strike at the shipyards, she finds solace in taking pictures as favours for the townspeople, and discovers she has a natural talent for capturing the true art of everyday life.

Filmed in grainy sepia, the cinematography manages to capture the feel of the 1900-era that we modern people see only through old photographs and silent films. It's an ingenious decision as the both looks beautiful, and helps transfer the viewer into a time that we can only experience through the work of people like Maria Larsson. Credit must go to Heiskanen who captures both the suffocating pressure of her characters situation, and her stiff-upper lipped determination and strength to maintain her love for photography that is opposed by her hard-drinking husband. Persbrandt is excellent too, helping develop Sigfrid as a fully-realised character, struggling with both the class situation and the influx of British workers that are taking the jobs while he and his co-workers strike and live in near-poverty. A beautiful film, sensitively handled by the director.

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