Monday, January 12, 2009

Everlasting Moments: Come, Closer

by Martha Polk

Maria Larsson, photographer

I report with overwhelming gratitude that Everlasting Moments is a film about what it means to be a woman, what it means to produce images, and what it means to be a woman, wife, and mother who is pulled from her very heart center toward art, images, and a certain vision of the world. Let me quick tell you how it goes: Maria Larssen (Maria Heiskanan) won a Contessa camera in a lottery weeks before she was married to Sigge (Mikael Persbrandt). Years later when Sigge and the rest of the dockworkers go on strike, Maria tries to sell the camera to help support her four children. Shop owner Sebastian Pedersen (Jasper Christensen) "buys" it from her but lets her keep it, insisting she try it before she let such a prized possession go. And then we're off: Maria's relationship with the camera unfolds along side her relationships with Mr. Pedersen, her children, and her increasingly self-centered and terrifying husband. But of course, I wouldn't be here struggling through qualifying paragraphs if these bare narrative bones weren't wrapped in something special.

[Ed Note: First, click the text above to read Martha's full piece over at her home-base blog, WHAT IS THIS LIGHT? Next, I know this piece took a long time to write and is special to Martha, so please be a friend and shake a hand and read with thoughtful eyes. There's a lot of good stuff in there.]

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