Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Everlasting Moments (Criterion DVD)

Just finished watching the Swedish film Everlasting Moments and it left me with feelings of hope, happiness, sadness, and wonder. Based on a manuscript written by the director's wife, Agneta Ulfsater-Troell, chronicling her ancestors lives in the early 20th century, this movie is an excellent example of how the spirit can conquer all. Simple and down to earth Maria is married to Sigfried, a loving yet coarse and abusive man, and her life consists of keeping their home and her children. Yet, when she discovers photography and her passion for what the eye sees, her life changes forever. As I watched this film, I paid close attention to how Maria's ever growing passion for photography gave her a chance to experience life beyond the rigid borders set up by her husband in the form of spending time with other women, drinking and regular beatings. Thankfully, she had a friend in Sebastian Pedersen, photographer and aesthetic, who cultivated her passion and let her know that all was well. The acting was wonderful, the story was well written and I longed to be with Maria as she took her photographs of Life. Because of The Criterion Collection, I am able to view such great films like Everlasting Moments, movies that would have normally slipped through my radar. Thank you, Criterion, for including such a delightful film to your collection. This simple and emotional movie is not to be missed.

** Photo came from IFC Films' website: http://www.ifcfilms.com/films/everlasting-moments


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