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Everlasting Moments

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Tookey's Rating
6 /10
Average Rating
7.33 /10
Mikael Persbrandt, Maria Heiskanen , Jesper Christensen
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Directed by: Jan Troell
Written by: Niklas Radstrom, Jan Troell and Agneta Ulfsater-Troell, based on a story by Ulssater Troell

Released: 2008
Origin: Denmark/ Finland/ Norway/ Sweden/ Germany
Colour: C
Length: 131

Overlong, but with magical moments.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The veteran Swedish director Jan Troell, aged 77, is a five times Oscar nominee whose best-known films are The Emigrants, The New Land and Hamsun. Everlasting Moments is proof that in old age he has lost none of his humanity.

This is a tender, mildly affecting story, set in the early years of the twentieth century, about a brow-beaten working-class wife (beautifully played by Maria Heiskanen, pictured) who discovers a talent for photography.

Even reduced as it has been for a British audience from 131 minutes to 111, Itís slow-moving, low-key and too uneventful to please the masses.

No one could ever accuse Mr Troell of being a barrel of laughs. Still, his taste for elegiac contemplation and determined avoidance of the expected narrative paths make this an art-house collectorís item that will reward the patient and sensitive.

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