This is a story of woman and her family in Sweden in the early years of the 20th century. It is an understated, seemingly quiet but emotionally powerful film that begins in 1907 in the Swedish city Malmo. There Maria Larsson (Maria Heiskanen) struggles to raise her four children with little help from her boozing, womanizing husband Sigfrid (Mikael Persbrandt). Then one day, almost by accident, she rediscovers a camera that she’d won years ago, in a lottery. She takes it up, and discovers that she has a special talent for seeing and capturing. Through its lens she reinvents her confined, unhappy world as a place of warmth, hope, and spiritual transcendence. She also begins a furtive, yearning romance with an older photographer who furnishes her with supplies from his studio and mentors her as a photographer.
Everlasting Moments features stunning images: A streetcar looming out of a wall of fog; the shadow of a zeppelin gliding across a courtyard; a family bouncing around a bedroom, all wearing Charlie Chaplin mustaches. It is full of life; both the good and the not so good. There is joy but also sadness; tenderness and warmth along with brutality and cruelty.
Mikael Persbrandt, Maria Heiskanen, and Jan Troell
Everlasting Moments covers decades of Maria’s life. It captures her character, her life, and the time period – an era of emerging labor organization, social unrest, war, and social transformation. It is very authentic and quite moving.
Swedish writer/director Jan Troell has won dozens of film awards around the world, even though he is little-known in the U.S. Jan Troell (Emigrants, The New Land) is known, among other things, for stunning and gorgeous cinematography, and excellent use of lighting and color. It is filled with indelible, everlasting moments and images. I liked it a lot. This Scandinavian movie also has excellent performances, and it tells an interesting, engaging, vivid and at times heartbreaking story in a quietly beautiful way with some scenes you probably will never ever forget.
Product Details (US version)
- Actors: Maria Heiskanen, Mikael Persbrandt, Jesper Christensen
- Directors: Jan Troell
- Format: Color, DVD, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: Swedish
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Rated: Unrated
- Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
- DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
- Run Time: 131 minutes