At the recommendation of Mike Johnston of The Online Photographer, I caught “Everlasting Moments” on Netflix today. I have to say, this is easily one of the best movies I have ever seen, not to mention one with a strong focus on photography. The movie revolves around a family in the early 1900s, and in particular Maria, the long-suffering wife of a brutish and abusive Sigfrid Larsson. Narrated by their daughter, Maja, the couple had a romantic beginning – Maria had won a camera at a carnival using a ticket paid for by Sigfrid, who wanted the camera for himself. She proposed that if he wanted the camera, he’d have to marry her, which he did. We are dropped in the middle of their marriage, some 10 years later, where the fairytale is shattered. Left unused all these years, Maria rediscovers the camera and begins to take haunting images of family, friends, and acquaintances. She escapes (but not in an irresponsible way) into the world of images, though the ever-present threat of Sigfrid as a disruptive force keeps the tension and never allows the viewer to relax. Through it all, Maria stands as the antithesis to Sigfrid: faithful, responsible, devoted – virtuous. She stays with the husband despite everything, and at the end of the movie, it is suggested that Sigfrid may have turned over a new leaf (though given his numerous repeat-offences one can only assume that was only a passing phase).
Intense, powerful, and moving, this film is one totally worth the 2+ hours spent watching it. If you haven’t caught it yet, do yourself a favor and do it as soon as possible!