This Swedish film is an overly long but frequently moving family drama. Set in the early 20th century, it tells the story of an abusive marriage between Sigfrid and Maria Larsson, and how Maria finds redemption through photography. There’s some unsurprisingly beautiful cinematography, and the movie is diverting in the way mediocre period films can be, but unless you’re hard up for Swedish fun and don’t have access to any candy fish or turnips, you might want to skip this one.
Director: Jan Troell
Writer: Niklas Radstrom, Jan Troell and Agneta Ulfsäter-Troell
Producer: Tero Kaukomaa, Christer Nilson and Thomas Stenderup
Cast: Maria Heiskanen, Mikael Persbrandt, Jesper Christensen, Emil Jensen, Ghita Norby, Amanda Ooms, Antti Reini, Birte Heribertsson and Claire Wikholm