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JayH.Aug 2, 2009A 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.
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In the films of Swedish director Jan Troell (The Emigrants, The New Land), ordinary lives assume epic dimensions, and this drama, based on the experiences of his wife's protofeminist grandmother, doesn't sugarcoat the hardships of the early 1900s.
An affecting film that manages to find glimmers of beauty in the encroaching bleakness, and coaxing richly dimensional performances which, like Maria's photographs, transcend the conventionally black and white.