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  • Summary: Sweden, early 1900s. In a time of social change and unrest, war and poverty, a young working class woman, Maria, wins a camera in a lottery. The decision to keep it alters her whole life. The camera grants Maria new eyes with which to see the world, and brings the charming photographer "Piff Paff Puff" into her life. Trouble ensues when Maria's alcoholic, womanizing husband, feels threatened by the young man and his wife's newfound outlook on life. (IFC Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 24
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  1. 100
    It is a great story of love and hope, told tenderly and without any great striving for effect.
  2. Troell, at 78, continues to turn out films that will last for as long as there are movies. No wonder he feels such a deep connection to Maria in Everlasting Moments. The film is one hero's salute to another.
  3. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    Artistically on a plane with or near the vet filmmaker's best work, this period drama about a woman slowly discovering her metier is an artisanal creation par excellence.
  4. 75
    Heiskanen plays her layers beautifully, alternately revealing a talented artist stymied by poverty and marital problems, and a woman fiercely devoted to family first.
  5. There is a good deal of honest charm in this story, and in the three principal performances.
  6. Reviewed by: Nathan Southern
    75
    On a narrative level, Troell seems to occasionally take on more than he can handle; from time to time he leans toward an ensemble approach, with multiple, intersecting stories, but the film lacks the length to sustain this, so we are left with fragments of substories that never fully blossom.
  7. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    50
    The movie satisfies for an hour, but never quite persuades that its subject is worth two.

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  1. JayH.
    Aug 2, 2009
    8
    A hauntingly beautiful film, the cinematography is magnificent, the attention to detail is amazing, particularly period detail. Wonderfully acted by all, Maria Heiskanen stands out though. Superb art direction. Jan Troell does an amazing job directing. Expand

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