Lee Grant – Photography Blog

The Everlasting Moment of Maria Larsson (2008)

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On the topic of women photographers is this recent film from Sweden “Everlasting Moments”. It was a 2008 nominee for best foreign film at the Golden Globes.


Set in 1907, this magnificent period drama about a female photographer living in Sweden is both an intimate family portrait and a rich canvas of working-class life at a time when socialist and anarchist beliefs flourished in the shadow of strikes and demonstrations. Strict Protestant traditions dominated, suppressing any ideas of women’s rights or common sense.

Agneta Ulstater Troell, the director’s wife, based the novel and screen adaptation on the life of her ancestor, Maria Larsson, a simple though determined woman and mother of seven, married to a charming bull-like dockworker who was often drunk. After winning a camera in a lottery, Maria became a photographer at a time when no woman would have dreamt of embracing such a profession and few men would condone it.

Director: Jan Troell · 110min · TBC
In Swedish with subtitles

Looks like a tearjerker….

Written by Lee Grant

February 7, 2009 at 11:52 am

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  1. brilliant. moving. illuminating.


    March 26, 2009 at 5:06 am

  2. Just saw it in Toronto. Wonderful film – not a tearjerker: an understated sensitive portrait of a family enduring hard times, and the small pleasures that make things bearable. Also, a fine glimpse into what it meant to practice the art of photography in the early 1900s.

    Damon Schreiber

    June 15, 2009 at 3:22 am

  3. Heartwarming and a good glimpse into history. I also agree with the statement – small pleasures that make life bearable. This film captured that beautifully.


    November 3, 2011 at 12:37 pm

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