I’m not usually a Hollywood booster, but Jan Troell’s Swedish Everlasting Moments could benefit from a studio makeover. This early 1900s true story follows an abused wife, Maria, (with a gaggle of kids that would make the Octo-mom proud) who develops (!) an interest in photography that leads to a new lease on life.
The period drama opens this weekend and is absolutely worth seeing for Maria Heiskanen’s tour-de-force performance as Maria…and yet…
I can imagine an even more satisfying film with a little more romance, a little less abuse, and an in-depth look at photography/cameras from the time period. And a shorter run time.
I can also see Julia Roberts as the star, since she was great as a photographer in Closer (2004).
Hey, it’s not like Hollywood is overflowing with great women’s stories, and this one could benefit from a studio’s magic dust.