"Period Details of a Struggling Swedish Mother"
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Despite this troubled marriage, the movie suggests that Maria doesn’t leave her husband because she loves him. Also, Sigfrid eventually acknowledges Maria’s interest in photography and supports it. The movie also suggests that society holds Maria back from pursuing her dreams. Thus, the movie’s worldview contains both Romantic and Christian elements as well as nods to modern feminism. Quality wise, EVERLASTING MOMENTS is a compelling historical drama, though a bit slow. The movie’s period detail makes viewers feel they have been transported back to Sweden in the early 1900s.
(Pa, RoRo, CC, B, FeFe, Cap, AC, LL, V, SS, N, AA, D, M) Light mixed worldview with strong Romantic elements, strong Christian references, some moral elements, and strong feminist elements, plus some pro-capitalist elements as husband and wife start their own businesses to make ends meet and movie contains some anti-socialist elements when a work dispute shows socialists and anarchists turning to violence, which movie ultimately seems to reject; 16 obscenities (mostly uses of the old-fashioned curse “bloody”), seven strong profanities and one light profanity; some violence such as man hits wife and an explosion from labor violence; depicted and implied adultery between married man and mistress, married man flirts with younger women, and man kisses married woman goodbye and the two are clearly attracted to one another because of their shared interest in photography, but nothing happens beyond the kiss; upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness by alcoholic husband; some smoking; and, lying and woman attempts to abort seventh child by jumping off the kitchen table, but the child is born but comes down with polio, which makes the mother regret her action.
EVERLASTING MOMENTS is a Swedish period drama about a long-suffering, strong woman with seven children who’s married to a cheating drunkard. Set in the early 1900s, the story focuses on Maria Larsson, whose only joys are taking care of her children and shooting pictures on a camera she won in a lottery. Though the family belongs to a Christian temperance society, Maria’s husband, Sigfrid, periodically calls off the wagon, flirts with women and hooks up with them. Meanwhile, Maria is attracted to a slightly older photographer, who helps her with her new hobby.
Maria and Sigfrid come to resent one another terribly. The question becomes, can Maria survive this loveless marriage? Or should she leave the sometimes violent, heartless Sigfrid, despite her love for their children?
Despite this troubled marriage, the movie suggests at one point that Maria doesn’t leave her husband because she loves him. Also, Sigfrid eventually acknowledges Maria’s interest in photography by giving her a darkroom in the business he starts. The movie also suggests, however, that society holds Maria back from pursuing her dreams. Thus, the movie’s worldview is mixed. It contains both Romantic and Christian elements as well as some nods to modern feminism.
Quality wise, EVERLASTING MOMENTS is a compelling historical drama, though a bit slow. The movie’s period detail is brilliantly done. Viewers will feel they have been transported back to Sweden in the early 1900s.
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