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Everlasting Moments

Everlasting Moments

Despite its surfeit of predictable narrative cues and cinema-of-quality marks, Swedish filmmaker Jan Troell’s latest work nevertheless paints a persuasive, delicately rendered image of early twentieth-century struggle. His films haven’t been widely seen in the U.S. since the success of his immigrant-experience double feature back in the early Seventies (The Emigrants and The New Land, the former still one of the few foreign-language films to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination), so, Everlasting Moments, opening in New York and riding a wave of festival praise, is something of an international comeback. Certainly, thanks to moviegoers’ memories of Troell’s golden years and the fact that it’s based on touching true stories of the filmmaker’s wife’s ancestors, Everlasting Moments will undoubtedly have a groundswell of good will surrounding it, despite its occasional imbalance between clear calculation and vivid behavioral portraiture.

Click here to read the rest of Michael Koresky’s review of Everlasting Moments.

UPDATE: Caroline McKenzie’s review of Everlasting Moments on Reverse Shot.

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