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  • Actors: Maria Heiskanen, Mikael Persbran, Jesper Christensen, Emil Jensen, Ghita Norby
  • Directors: Jan Troell
  • Producers: Tero Kaukomaa, Christer Nilson
  • Format: Surround Sound, PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Icon Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Sept. 2009
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002D3ZJBW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,738 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Swedish period drama directed by Jan Troell. Married at a young age to the boorish Sigfrid (Mikael Persbrandt) in the southern Swedish city of Malmo in the early 1900s, Maria (Maria Heiskanen) faces a bleak future as a housewife, mother and domestic drudge. After winning a camera in a lottery, she strikes up a friendship with Mr Petersson (Jesper Christensen), owner of the local photography shop, and begins taking her own photographs - a process that affords her a whole new way of seeing and experiencing the world.

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By bluebellgirl on 21 Dec. 2010
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This film was quite unexpectedly beautiful, superbly written and executed, my first Swedish film. The film looks like it's been filmed in Sepia which suits the mood and era of the time. The film is about a woman who endures physical abuse from her hard drinking husband, but she's determined to stay for the sake of her many children. She finds herself in financial difficulty and decides to sell a camera, but she is convinced to keep it, and so her journey with the camera begins, and it is a beautiful one.....I don't want to ruin the storyline by telling you all about it, but it is based on a true story and one that is credible.
A lovely moving film and one that I have watched more than once since purchasing it. English Sub-titles so anyone can watch. I would definitely recommend this film.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Sookie B on 21 Jan. 2010
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I watched this period film as I enjoy seeing another country's perspective and photography. In this case a Swedish production and I wasn't disappointed. The film takes one into the world of real hardship, a family whose father is an alcoholic, he is pleasant when sober and completely mad when he drinks. The wife the main character of the story endures her husband's hopeless role as a father, his beatings and continually loosing his job. She scrubs floors and is constantly pregnant, but somehow she rises above it all. Early in the story she wins a camera in a raffle and as she desparately needs money she takes her camera into a photographic shop to find out what it is worth. The owner takes a shine to her, as she shows a natural fascination in the wonder of taking photographs, and encourages her to keep the camera and gives her the plates and shows her how to develop her pictures. The story is gentle but totally absorbing, one is always wondering will she leave the violent husband or be killed in one of his rages. The art of photography is the only thing keeping her sane and her complete dedication to raising her family of countless children.
The only reason I didn't give this film five stars is because the subtitles where too small to read very easily, such a pity.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Pearce on 4 Mar. 2010
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Sweden,Early 20th century.A loving mother Maria Larsson(Maria Heiskanen) and put upon wife finds comfort and stimulation in a long forgotten camera won many years before in a raffle.Encouraged by local studio photographer Pederson(Jesper Christensen)she quickly finds the joy,the pleasure and pain that taking pictures brings.Her kindly children love the degree of happiness this new found interest brings but their roguish philanderer and drunkard of a father Sigge(Mikael Persbrandt)sees only confrontation and a challenge to his wandering ways.
Narrated by the eldest child Maja,Everlasting Moments is an understated,bittersweet and ultimately very moving rumination on identity both social and familial .Heiskanen is quite brilliant as Maria and her "relationship"with Pederson is beautifully handled.Persbrandt is well cast as the father whose heart is in the right place but finds the silent judgement of his wife for his weakness for liquor and other women too much to bear and terrorises the family in revenge.
Veteran Troell(New Land,The Emigrants)a contemporary of Bergman handles everything with finesse -script,pacing and performances are all
top draw and the sense of period is nicely evoked.The main extra is a very illuminating and unpretentious docu on Troell and the making of the film which almost transfers a sense of hope to any aspiring film-maker-when a skilled vet such as Troell lays bare his insecurities and feelings about the craft,it really carries weight.
Note:some American film guides list the running time as 131 minutes,this version runs at 106 minutes.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jan. 2010
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There's something almost too clean and perfect about Jan Troell's depiction of life in Sweden in the early 1900s. The film depicts the poverty and the troubles of one ordinary working class family, a family whose struggle to get by isn't helped by a violent father, a dock worker and labourer, whose drinking binges gradually come to terrorise the family, while his carrying-on with barmaids bring down the family name. Seen through the eyes of their daughter Maja Larsson, it's almost as if the worst horrors are kept private, the film's tasteful lighting, sepia tints and sensitive piano score from Matti Bye only adding to the impression of a somewhat idealised depiction of events that really aren't that pleasant at all.

In the end however, and even throughout, the strength of the film is indeed in its subtlety, in its refusal to appeal to the viewer's sentiments in regard to poverty and brutality of an underprivileged upbringing, and instead focus on the positive aspects of family togetherness and their attempts to rise above their troubles. In narrative terms, it's done with great sensitivity and subtlety through the device of the mother Maria Larsson's discovery of the miracle and beauty of photography and a deep friendship that she strikes up with the owner of a photography shop - two events that help her create for herself a life of her own.

The real strength however is in the performances that get to the heart of the characters and the times they live in.
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