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In a series of remarkable events inspired by a true story, Maria Heiskanen stars as Maria Larsson, a Finnish mother and housewife who devotes all of her attention, care, and consideration to the well-being of her family -- but, like many homemakers, does so at the expense of her own identity and self-awareness. Not that her dockworker husband, Sigge (Mikael Persbrandt), particularly deserves such consideration; a brutish, alcoholic lout, his evenings consist of making life hell for Maria and their daughter with tyrannical, abusive behavior. Then, as the dockworkers go on strike and the family's economic situation plummets, a ray of hope appears, in the form of a Contessa camera won in a local lottery. Unsurprisingly, Maria at first attempts to pawn it to reel in extra monies, but store owner Sebastian Pedersen convinces her otherwise; he teaches her how to use it, and she begins taking gorgeous, haunting photographs with the unaffected, instinctive perceptions of a young child. As the woman's self-discovery builds and her identity takes on form and definition, Sebastian unofficially takes her on as a protégée and quietly witnesses romantic feelings for her building inside of him. Meanwhile, Sigge's life falls to pieces when the authorities connect him with the catastrophic explosion of a British vessel. Maria's daughter, Maja (Callin Öhrvall), narrates. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:March 6, 2009

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Jan Troell Best Foreign Film 2009 Nominee

Cast

Maria Heiskanen
as Maria Larsson
Mikael Persbrandt
as Sigfrid Larsson
Jesper Christensen
as Sebastian Pedersen, "Piff Paff Puff"
Callin Ohrvall
as Maja Larsson (15-22 yrs.)
Ghita Nørby
as Miss Fagerdal
Amanda Ooms
as Matilda
Emil Jensen
as Englund
Claire Wikholm
as Karna
Ann Petren
as Ida
Birte Heribertson
as Tora
Antti Reini
as Captain
Annika Lundgren
as Miss Öst
Maria Lundqvist
as Miss Petrén
Hans Henrik Clemmensen
as Algot Fagerdal
Nellie Almgren
as Maja (8-10 yrs.)
Johanna Troell
as Margareta
Birte Heribertson
as Voice of Maja
Hans Alfredson
as Guard
Julia Ragnarsson
as Anna (12 yrs.)
Maria Kulle
as Aunt Anna

Crew

Jan Troell
Director
Ute Schneider
Producer
Christof Groos
Producer
Thomas Stenderup
Producer
Niklas Radstrom
Screenwriter
Jan Troell
Screenwriter
Agneta Ulfsater-Troell
Screen Story
Agneta Ulfsater-Troell
Screenwriter
Jan Troell
Cinematographer
Mischa Gavrjusjov
Cinematographer
Matti Bye
Composer (Music Score)
Niels Pagh Andersen
Editor
Jan Troell
Editor
Peter Bavman
Art Director
Karen Fabritius Gram
Costume Designer
Katja Watkins
Costume Designer
Olle Tannergård
Sound/Sound Designer
Anja Schmidt
Casting
Kimmo Rajala
Stunts Coordinator
Agneta Ulfsater-Troell
Short Story Author
Lars Liljeholm
Sound Editor
Roland Nethe
Credit Sequences
Jessica Svensson
Makeup
Matti Bye
Music Producer
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