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Everlasting Moments (2009) The Swedish director Jan Troell, best known for The Emigrants (1972), is in his late 70s, and he still works in a style that's the… 2009-03-06 Unrated PT131M Drama Maria Heiskanen Mikael Persbrandt Jesper Christensen Emil Jensen IFC Films
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Everlasting Moments (2009)

MPAA Rating: Unrated

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Don't Speak: Maria silences her husband in Everlasting Moments
Image credit: Nille Leander
Don't Speak: Maria silences her husband in Everlasting Moments
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: Mar 06, 2009; Rated: Unrated; Length: 131 Minutes; Genre: Drama; With: Maria Heiskanen and Mikael Persbrandt; Distributor: IFC Films

The Swedish director Jan Troell, best known for The Emigrants (1972), is in his late 70s, and he still works in a style that's the cinema equivalent of a horse-drawn carriage. Set at the turn of the century, this adaptation of Maria Larsson's memoir is a stoic, urban Little House on the Prairie with placid currents of Nordic despair. Maria (Heiskanen) struggles to raise her kids, and snaps photographs on the side, but her husband (Persbrandt) is a drunk and an adulterer, utterly uncomplicated in his loutishness. Everlasting Moments is all staged as a harsh poem of survival, with no great psychological interest, yet the ending carries a surprise feminist tug that's worth the wait. B

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Originally posted Mar 11, 2009 Published in issue #1039 Mar 20, 2009 Order article reprints