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Movie Review: Everlasting Moments

Alternate Title: I am a Camera

Story: If you have the time and patience to appreciate the slowness of watching film develop in a darkroom rather than the immediacy of digital photography, this beautiful film is for you.

Swedish director and writer Jan Troell (The Emigrants) introduce us to the hardworking, loyal, Maria. The film takes place in Sweden, during the years1907 through 1921. Maria labors at raising her growing brood of seven children along with putting up with her skirt chasing, brutish, all too often drunkard of a husband. She discovers moments of beauty and escape through the art of photography.

The story is told through the eyes of Maria's oldest daughter and is based on the life of a real person. It is visually beautiful film with sepia tones, memorable images and moments of ordinary life caught in shadows and light.

If you like long period pieces that depict a slice of unfamiliar life this evocative film about a woman who struggle's to find self-fulfillment through art is for you. If you like films that have lots of action and explosions - stay far, far away.

Check out the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ndhB2Z_YZg

Acting: Maria Heiskanen as Maria Larsson is perfect in the role. Mikael Persbrandt as her brute of a husband Sigfrid, is a complex character and is well played.

Trivia: Nine films advanced to the last round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 81st Academy Awards. Sixty-five films had originally qualified in the category. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: Austria, “Revanche,” Canada, “The Necessities of Life,” France, “The Class,” Germany, “The Baader Meinhof Complex,” Israel, “Waltz with Bashir,” Japan, “Departures,” Mexico, “Tear This Heart Out,” Sweden, “Everlasting Moments,” Turkey, “3 Monkeys,” . Everlasting Moments did not make the cut and Departures was the surprise winner.

Predilection: I like to see all potential Oscar nominees.

Critters: A wonderful bloodhound named Leo, a beautiful house cat, some unlucky pigeons and a lucky horse.

Food: Aforementioned unlucky pigeons, slop and gruel.

Sex Spectrum: Fumbling, usually drunken sex produces seven children in this film.

Visual Art: The entire film is a visual treat down to the smallest detail.

Theater Audience: About ten other people.

Sappy Factor: 0

Squirm Scale: 2 - There were times that you wanted Maria to kill her husband because of his brutality.

Drift Factor: I did drift a bit.

Predictability Level: I was not sure where this film was going.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Missed a nomination by just this much.

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine.

Length: Two hours and 11 minutes.