Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Everlasting Moments finds pleasure in photo shop

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2009 at 8:31 PM

click to enlarge STILL LIFE: Maria Heiskanen as Maria Larsson
  • STILL LIFE: Maria Heiskanen as Maria Larsson

Audiences with weak constitutions would do well to heed an early shot in the Swedish historical drama Everlasting Moments as a warning sign.

It's 1907, and Maria Larsson (Maria Heiskanen) has yet again suffered disrespect and abuse from her drunken, loutish husband Sigge (Mikael Persbrandt). With a bruised face and five children in tow, Maria trudges down a darkened street, silhouetted against the snowy, dismal night. In those few seconds, director Jan Troell offers a glimpse of almost crushing despair and signals that Everlasting Moments won't shrink from downbeat content, as if it's a Scandinavian Angela's Ashes.

Last year, Everlasting Moments earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language film. It proves to be an impeccably well-observed film despite the rough going. Continue reading "Everlasting Moments finds pleasure in photo shop"

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