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Everlasting Moments [DVD] [2008]
Everlasting Moments [DVD] [2008]
Dvd ~ Maria Heiskanen
Price: 5.66

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5.0 out of 5 stars Everlastingly enchanting., 21 July 2014
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*****THIS REVIEW CONTAINS PLOT SPOILERS*****

As well as a lifetime romance with cinema and films, I have also had an interest in photography for the last thirty years. My favourite films are almost always foreign language productions, latterly known as `World Cinema'. There have been films made about photographers, and others featuring significant characters who happen to be photographers. These may be fashion photographers, war correspondents, or crime scene specialists. I have seen most, if not all of them, and I cannot ever recall being overwhelmed by a single one.

I never expected to come across a film that would bring together all the elements designed to make me want to see it; as if I had conjured up the script from thin air. Then I discovered `Everlasting Moments'. The early days of photography, a setting and time historical in nature, and Scandinavian as well. I sat down to view this with trepidation. There was the possibility that everything I held dear could be destroyed in a couple of hours, by a bad film.

I needn't have worried. From the moment it started, I instinctively knew that not only was I going to enjoy it, but that I was about to watch something very special indeed. The sepia tones of the opening scenes recalled the early photographs themselves. The scenes in the working-class districts of turn of the century Malmo screamed authenticity, and the largely unfamiliar cast guaranteed that I would not be put off by the appearance of an actor I didn't like.

Maria Larsson is a Finn, married to a Swede, Sigge. He is a man's man, a hard-working dock labourer, and he gets work because of his great strength. After work, he likes to get drunk, and come home to disrupt his family. If his wife complains, she is beaten. If she keeps complaining, she is raped. Though these scenes are off-camera, they are no less disturbing. Maria works hard too. As well as raising their children, she takes in washing and sewing from anyone willing to pay. She is forced to tolerate her husband's flirtations with other women, and even her family refuse to help, telling her that she must stay with the man she married. Before she married, she won a camera in a lottery. It had been put away, as they had no money for film and she had never learned how to use it anyway. When a dock strike starts, Sigge gets no pay, and falls in with a group of radicals and anarchists, who are hoping to use the strike for their own ends. Maria is desperate. And doesn't know how they will feed their ever-growing family.
She discovers the camera, tucked away in a blanket cupboard. Hoping to raise some much-needed cash, she takes it to the local camera shop. There, she meets the kindly Mr Pedersen, a Dane. He is disappointed that she has never used the camera, and strikes a deal with her. He will show her how it works, and supply the film and developing chemicals for her to create her own photos. When she has tried it, he will pay for the camera, deducting the amount he has already laid out in supplies. He shows the dowdy, downtrodden housewife how the lens captures the image, by reflecting a moth onto her hand. This is a captivating moment in the film, as she is amazed by the image, which is so believable, she closes her hand over the insect, as if to prevent it escaping.

Alone at home, she photographs her cat at the window, and soon realises that she has the skill to take good pictures. Eventually she reveals the secret to her children, taking a group photo of them, and swearing them to secrecy. When her husband discovers that she has the camera, he demands that she give it up, so he can sell it. She bluffs him, telling him that it is already pawned, to Mr Pedersen in the photography shop. As the years go by, she has more children, and begins to take photos for her friends and neighbours, charging them small amounts. After he is released from a spell in prison, Sigge arrives home to discover a queue of people waiting for a sitting. He demands that Maria stop, but she has found her spirit in the camera, and refuses.

One neighbour loses a young daughter in a drowning accident, and asks Maria to take a photo of the girl in her coffin. Maria takes two shots. In the first one, she includes the blurred faces of other children, peering through the opaque glass from outside. She then takes a second, formal shot, for the bereaved mother to keep. When Mr Pedersen sees the first picture, he realises that Maria has real talent. He takes the photo, as full payment of everything owed. By now, the attraction he feels for Maria is obvious, and we are left to believe that the feeling is mutual. Even when they have to move away, when Sigge finds work in a stone quarry, Maria makes the long tram journey to the shop, to still get her supplies there.

With the arrival of WW1, the Swedes are mobilised, and Sigge goes off to the army. Business is so brisk in the studio, that Mr Pedersen offers Maria a job there, but she refuses. She places her duties as wife and mother above her desire to pursue the main interest in her life. As the Swedes do not join the war, Sigge returns home, falling back into his old ways, despite finding employment as a cart-driver. Maria has achieved some recognition, when a photograph she took of the Scandinavian kings made it onto the front page of the local paper. At the same time, Pedersen was filming the event with a movie camera, and shows Maria the film of her, taking her famous photograph. But time continues to march on for all concerned. Sigge has a horse, rescued from injury after a fall. He turns over a new leaf, swears off the drink yet again, and starts his own business, moving the family to a house in the country. Pedersen decides to sell up, and move nearer to his children.
Maria takes the only photograph of herself that she has ever shot, a simple image, reflected in a mirror. Soon after, she dies, and her daughter finds the undeveloped film in the camera. Perfect.
This film is about so much. Domestic abuse, a hard life at the beginning of the twentieth century, and the turbulent history of Europe at that time. It is also about love and redemption, and how a simple thing like a camera, and the photos it takes, can be a reason to go on living. It is flawless.


Melissa & Doug Bella Butterfly Bubble Blower
Melissa & Doug Bella Butterfly Bubble Blower
Price: 4.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Cheap and cheerful bubble blowing., 21 July 2014
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In these modern times, we no longer have to make the effort to actually blow bubbles for the entertainment of little ones. There are machines that can churn out endless bubbles, gun-shaped devices that will fire them out as long as the fluid lasts, and even compressed-air devices to create veritable storms of bubbles.
This Butterfly Blower takes us back, with a retro look and feel, to the days when you dipped it into the fluid, and blew the bubbles yourself. Nothing wrong with that, and you won't be left with an expensive toy, once the novelty wears off!
Only for slightly older kids though, due to small parts, and best with adult supervision, so they don't drink the bubble mixture!


Ambi Toys Humpty Dumpty
Ambi Toys Humpty Dumpty
Price: 10.04

4.0 out of 5 stars It's bright, and it moves!, 2 July 2014
This review is from: Ambi Toys Humpty Dumpty (Toy)
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Fun for youngsters, with a colourful Humpty inside a rolling frame. They will enjoy hours of fun watching it roll away and come back again. It is sturdy enough to take a toddler's punishment, and bright enough to attract the attention of a crawling baby.
You cannot go wrong with this one in the toy-box


Galt Dr Miriam Shape Sorter
Galt Dr Miriam Shape Sorter
Price: 14.99

5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Classic, 2 July 2014
This review is from: Galt Dr Miriam Shape Sorter (Toy)
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Great to see wood being used once again for children's toys. This is a timeless product, similar to those I might have had myself, in the 1950's. It is brought up to date by association with doctor and TV personality, Miriam Stoppard, who provides a useful guide to getting the best from it when playing with baby or toddler. A quality toy, well made and durable, this will stand a lot of bashing and flinging around too..


Expecting a Baby? (One Born Every Minute)
Expecting a Baby? (One Born Every Minute)
by Debbie Beckerman
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 12.00

5.0 out of 5 stars The 'Manual' for Mums to be., 9 Jun 2014
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It is often said that pregnancy and childbirth 'doesn't come with instructions'. Well, it does now! On the back of the successful TV show, this sumptuous hardback is a complete guide for pregnancy. From finding out, all through the processes, this excellent volume tells nervous first-time Mums literally everything they need to know. It is also well-illustrated, with no 'horror' graphics, just commonsense explanation.
This is a book that all newly-diagnosed Mums should be given. Clear, clean, concise, and ultimately beneficial. A marvellous idea, well realised in book form.
A well-deserved five stars. Get one.


Medela Pre-Sterilised Pump & Save Breastmilk Bags
Medela Pre-Sterilised Pump & Save Breastmilk Bags
Price: 9.95

4.0 out of 5 stars Good idea for new mums., 9 Jun 2014
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Imagine you are a new Mum. You want to breast feed, to give baby the best start. However, you might want to go out occasionally,and leave the feed to baby's Dad, or Grandparents. You might just want a good night's rest.
This is where this product comes in. You can express milk, store it, even freeze it, then you can carry on, knowing that baby is getting the best from you, even when you are not around, or having a well-earned break.
An excellent idea, that all new Mums should try, at least once.


Galt Dr Miriam Baby Mobile
Galt Dr Miriam Baby Mobile
Price: 18.12

4.0 out of 5 stars Diverting for baby, 29 May 2014
This review is from: Galt Dr Miriam Baby Mobile (Toy)
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This is a colourful and musical mobile. Unlike some others, it secures to the sides of the cot, quickly and easily, requiring no additional fixings. It is endorsed by Miriam Stoppard, though that is not of any great importance. What matters is that it looks good, works well, and should be a nice outlook for a baby in its cot. This mobile does all this, so what more can you ask?


Tutti Bambini Foam Cot Bed Mattress (140 cm x 70 cm)
Tutti Bambini Foam Cot Bed Mattress (140 cm x 70 cm)
Price: 39.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Good for the first few years, 29 May 2014
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Light and soft, ideal for baby, this is a very good mattress. It will last them through to toddler stage, and is deep and cushioned enough to provide for a comfortable sleep. There are obviously lots of mattresses to choose from out in the market, and this is as good as any other, and better than many more.


All Over The World: The Very Best Of ELO
All Over The World: The Very Best Of ELO
Price: 5.00

5.0 out of 5 stars If you love ELO, 23 May 2014
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If you are a fan of the genius of Jeff Lynne, or just love to hear the amazing tracks on this CD, it doesn't get much better. All the favourites are here;'Telephone Line', 'Mr Blue Sky', as well as all the others. To have all the classics on the same CD saves searching through the individual albums, so it's great for the car. It has very good recording and reproduction values, and the sound seems as fresh as ever.
If you don't like them, you wouldn't buy it anyway. Fans only need apply...


Seasons Of My Soul
Seasons Of My Soul
Offered by DVD Overstocks
Price: 4.89

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't last (for me), 23 May 2014
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This review is from: Seasons Of My Soul (Audio CD)
I bought this on the back of some successful singles, and played it a fair bit at first. Then it all started to sound a bit the same. I was sometimes unsure what track I was actually listening to, and my interest waned.
She is very good, but I doubt that she will endure like some others.


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