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Everlasting Moments (The Criterion Collection)

Maria Heiskanen , Jan Troell  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Maria Heiskanen
  • Directors: Jan Troell
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003D63G6S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,020 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Everlasting Moments (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer
  • Jan Troell's Magic Mirror, an hour-long documentary about Troell's life
  • Short documentary on the making of Everlasting Moments
  • Documentary featuring photographs by the real Maria Larsson along with narration
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Armond White

  • Editorial Reviews

    Fitting for a movie about a woman who finds a new life through photography, 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. This rich, emotionally powerful film begins in 1907 in a Swedish port, where Maria Larsson (Maria Heiskanen) struggles to raise her four children with little help from her boozing, womanizing husband Sigfrid (Mikael Persbrandt). By accident, she rediscovers a camera that she'd won in a lottery; through its lens she reinvents her confined, unhappy world as a place of warmth, hope, and spiritual transcendence--and begins a furtive, yearning romance with an older photographer who gives her supplies from his studio. Everlasting Moments covers decades of Maria's life, capturing not only her character but the character of the times in which she lived--an era of social unrest, world war, and personal upheaval. Yet despite this dense story, the movie feels relaxed and unfolds with the easy command of writer/director Jan Troell, whose films have won dozens of awards around the world, though he is little-known in the U.S. With any luck, Everlasting Moments will bring him some much-due recognition. --Bret Fetzer

    Product Description

    Swedish master Jan Troell (The Emigrants, The New Land) returns triumphantly with EVERLASTING MOMENTS, a vivid, heartrending story of a woman liberated through art at the beginning of the twentieth century. Though poor and abused by her alcoholic husband, Maria Larsson (Maria Heiskanen, in a beautifully nuanced portrayal) finds an outlet in photography, which opens up her world for the first time. With a burnished bronze tint that evokes faded photographs, and a broad empathetic palette, EVERLASTING MOMENTS--based on a true story--is a miraculous tribute to the power of image making.

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    34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Gentle Miracle of a Film September 9, 2009
    EVERLASTING MOMENTS ('Maria Larssons eviga ögonblick') is a quiet, gentle masterpiece of filmmaking. The screenplay by Niklas Rådström, based on a story by Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell and director Jan Troell, is so free of the expected extended dialogues that accompany films of this nature that it allows the magic of the period piece set in early 20th century Sweden to rely on the beauty of the cinematography by Mischa Gavrjusjov and Jan Troell and the subtle and simple film score by Matti Bye (with a little help from Massenet!). Filmed in the color scheme suggestive of the distinguished Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershøi, never straying far from sepia tones that ignite the solitude and light of the Nordic countries, this film could probably be successful as a silent movie - that is how powerful the production is.

    We are told in the voice over introduction that Maria Larsson (the exceptional Finnish actress Maria Heiskanen) won a camera in a lottery and the only way she would share the strange prize would be if her boyfriend Sigfrid (Mikael Persbrandt) would marry her. The couple marries and begins a large family: Maria takes in sewing and Sigfrid works at the docks - and drinks to excess. Maria's world becomes progressively unhappy and though she continues to have children she longs for a life free of the influence of Sigfrid's alcoholism and womanizing. She finds her hidden camera and thinking to pawn it for money to support her children she seeks the advice of an older photographer Sebastian Pedersen (Jesper Christensen) who convinces her to discover the magic of photography as a means of expression and makes it possible for Maria to keep her camera and learn the art of photography.
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    34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    ***This review contains spoilers***

    I have an old photograph of my mother when she was five years old walking down the Boardwalk in Atlantic City in 1930 with my grandparents and I often wonder what their lives were like at that moment in time. Jan Troell's "Everlasting Moments" attempts to do just that as he brings old family photographs to life in his sweeping family saga set in Sweden at the turn of the century.

    Everlasting Moments begins in the Swedish port city of Malmo in 1907. It's a true story based on the reminiscences of Maja Larrson who is the film's narrator. She takes us back to when she was a child and we're introduced to her parents Maria and Sigfrid (Siggie) Larrson. Siggie is a dock worker who also happens to be an alcoholic. Maria (wonderfully played by Maria Heiskanen) is his long-suffering wife. Although Siggie belongs to the Temperance Society he is continually relapsing and most of the tension in the film's first half revolves around the harrowing scenes of domestic violence in which Siggie uses his wife as a veritable punching bag.

    Maria is under tremendous pressure, not only from the heartache of having to deal with her often drunk and philandering husband but also raising a brood of precocious children. One day Maria rediscovers an expensive camera that she and her husband had won in a lottery at the time they got married. She decides to take a picture of her children without her husband knowing about it and brings it to a local photography shop and meets the kindly shop owner, Sebastian Pedersen. Pederson is a bit older than Maria but they soon form a lasting friendship. Pedersen eventually shows Maria how to use the camera and develop pictures.
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    21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Everlasting Moments is OUTSTANDING December 12, 2009
    As a photography teacher I found the film outstanding for college level students or anyone who loves photography. It has a quiet yet powerful way it moves through a story about a woman and how essentially she is saved because of her ability with the camera and to take pictures. The film itself is packed full of powerful images and moments of realization. Wonderful dialogue and moments all real photographers can relate to that floats in and out of the story about photography and the position of the photographer such as quotes that went something like this "when I am photographing I forget I am a mother" or "not everyone can see". I would watch it again and again. If you are not a photographer but have a heart at all its an enduring story that anyone can appreciate and enjoy. Amazing film - I was carried away.
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    9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars "Everlasting Moments" Criterion Blu-Ray Review July 8, 2010
    This review contains "spoilers", so for those to which this causes distress I offer fair warning.

    There's a singular moment anyone who has ever held a camera recognizes, a moment of absolute clarity, a recognition that somehow seeing the world through those lens invites a different view than what our eyes initially present. A professional photographer can probably wax poetic about the virtues of image capture far better than I, but even a casual photographer can recognize the key to great photography is how the image is lit and framed. It's an innate talent some appear to be blessed with: the protagonist Maria Larsson of "Everlasting Moments" certainly was, along with this cinematographer of this beautifully shot 2008 Swedish film.

    First, a word about the quality of the transfer. Considering this is a Criterion release, I expected the best, but on very rare occasions I've been a bit disappointed with their work. "Everlasting Moments" is filmed in something of a degraded color scheme which is closer to sepia tone than sharp color, no doubt an artistic decision on the part of the director. That said, the image on this Blu-Ray is extremely sharp and full of detail and texture, which is accompanied by a heavy sheen of grain. I was often impressed with the quality of this transfer, a transfer that highlights the beauty of the cinematography and remains faithful to the director's original intentions. I've not a single complaint in this department.

    The essay booklet and supplementary material are notably quite substantial, a factor which makes the steep Criterion price tag worth it. The centerpiece of the four included special features is an hour long career retrospective on the work of director Jan Troell titled "Troell's Magic Mirror".
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
    Very good movie, Very slow moving, BUT EXCELLENT!
    A change from so much of the same old.
    I would watch it again.
    Definitely a Girly movie in my opinion. Read more
    Published 1 day ago by Mrs. Dish
    5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and painful
    This film manages to evoke the magic of photography/cinema in the early part of the 20th century. Director Jan Troell does this enthusiastically; a 21st century camera... Read more
    Published 2 days ago by Gregory Boschen
    4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting story
    Told from the perspective of a young girl who grew up in a household with a drunk and abusive father, but mostly about her mother's life. Very compelling.
    Published 2 days ago by Shameless
    4.0 out of 5 stars A turn of the century story about a busy mother who finds her voice...
    Lovely story about a wife and mother, her alcoholic husband, and the kind photographer who teaches the protagonist how to use a camera and develop pictures. Read more
    Published 4 days ago by Kenmare44
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very touching
    It brought tears to my eyes in a seemingly effortless way. The opposite of contrived and melodramatic, it prompted me to give it a review/rating for perhaps the first time.
    Published 5 days ago by Curt with a C
    5.0 out of 5 stars A film about a remarkable woman and her life
    We take so much for granted in the 21st century that we sometimes forget how much more difficult life was--particularly for women--just a century ago. Read more
    Published 19 days ago by lonebeaut
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
    I wanted to watch this movie because it looked good to me, and the time period I wanted to see. There was allot of reading but that's what these movies are .
    Published 22 days ago by Eden Blum
    4.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story of Everlasting Moments
    In reading the description, the topic and country are of interest to me. The story, setting, and characters did not disappoint in their ability to bring to life the challenges and... Read more
    Published 23 days ago by scout
    4.0 out of 5 stars This was a rare find
    This was a very interesting film, about someone I knew nothing about. It's rich in story, filming and good acting, making it all so real. Read more
    Published 25 days ago by PAK
    4.0 out of 5 stars Everlasting Moments movie
    This was an unexpected surprise. It was thought provoking and I enjoy this type of movie. It had subtitles but they did not distract me.
    Published 27 days ago by Stacy Bridges
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