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The Last Sentence (2012)

Dom över död man (original title)
Unrated | | Biography, Drama | 20 June 2014 (USA)
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A story based on the life of journalist Torgny Segerstedt, who alerted the Swedish public to the threat of Fascism in the 1930s.

Director:

Jan Troell

Writers:

Kenne Fant (book), Klaus Rifbjerg (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesper Christensen ... Torgny Segerstedt
Pernilla August ... Maja Forssman
Ulla Skoog ... Puste Segerstedt
Björn Granath ... Axel Forssman
Kenneth Milldoff Kenneth Milldoff ... Per Albin Hansson
Lennart Hjulström ... Marcus Wallenberg
Peter Andersson ... Christian Günther
Birte Heribertson Birte Heribertson ... Estrid Ancker
Lia Boysen ... Anita Levisson
Maria Heiskanen ... Pirjo
Johanna Troell ... Ingrid Segerstedt
Åsa-Lena Hjelm Åsa-Lena Hjelm ... Ida
Marina Nyström ... Hilda
Hanna Holmqvist Hanna Holmqvist ... Eva Segerstedt
Pasi Ilvesviita Pasi Ilvesviita ... Tojje Segerstedt
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Storyline

Torgny Segerstedt was one of the leading journalists in Sweden in the 20th century. He fought a one man battle against Hitler and the Nazi regime until his death in 1945 and during these tumultuous times his private life was marked by a world in chaos, as he falls in love with his friend's wife while married himself. THE LAST SENTENCE weaves together the story of a psychological love story with a portrayal of the political situation Sweden found itself in during the Second World War. A gripping, dramatic and poetic tale about a man, who could not be silenced. Written by Filmlance International

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On the man who challenged the Third Reich. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The original Swedish title is derived from a line in Hávamál. See more »

Goofs

In the movie at a party which is supposed to take place 1938 the swedish song "Hur har du det med kärleken idag?" is played and also sung by the character Maja Forssman. This song is from 1945 and was then made popular by the famous swedish artist Ulla Billquist. See more »

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A well-intended disappointment.
8 October 2012 | by xym07See all my reviews

Saw it at Busan International Film Festival(BIFF), and it was the most disappointing film of the weekend.

In fact Torgny Segerstedt's story, in which an anti-Nazi journalist became a political martyr, is quite fascinating. His relationships with women are also intriguing drama material. In addition to those good ingredients, the director Jan Troell had one more ambition: making this film as a journey to the mind of Mr. Segerstedt, rather than a bland and harmless biography. What could go wrong?

First of all, making a black and white period piece with digital cameras(Arri Alexa) was not a good idea; especially when you start your film with real archive films filled with gritty film grains. The images here lack any depth of field, resulting in images which are crisp and dull at the same time. The whole feature felt like a cheap TV reenactment of the actual events, rather than an artistic reinterpretation.

The script is not good as well. Without some fantasy elements based on a Bergman tradition, the whole feature consists of a series of important events in the protagonist's life. The timing is always off; things just come and go without proper investments. Most of all, even though it is based on the real events during World War 2, there is no sense of dread or grief.

Even though Jesper Christensen's performance was stellar, I cannot recommend this film. It is a film made with good intentions, but fails to live up to them.

4/10


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Country:

Sweden | Norway

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

20 June 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last Sentence See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,020, 22 June 2014

Gross USA:

$62,506

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$328,005
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