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Directed by Jan Troell • 2008 • Sweden
Swedish master Jan Troell, director of the beloved classics THE EMIGRANTS and THE NEW LAND, returns triumphantly with EVERLASTING MOMENTS, the vivid, heartrending story of a woman liberated by 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.