Expertly crafted film about modernization and its effects on the domestic milieu, on intimacy, gender roles and art itself. The latter constitutes a means for liberation and fulfills also a submilation function for Maria's initially stoic disillusionment with the brute habits of her macho proletarian husband. (Both Heiskanen and Persbrandt are excellent.) Photography's 'everlasting moments' of life's drama. Superb!
Heiskanen shines as a woman whose creative awakening confounds the religious, gender and class dictates of her time. Says The Guardian, "This is a fascinatingly detailed story of impoverished working-class life taking in strikes... [WWI], the coming of electricity, and the cinema. Amazing performances abound, from Persbrandt and Christensen to the child actors. Brutal and luscious storytelling and cinematography.
probably one of the best movies that depicts a life of a woman. it never gives in to any cliche or some kind of forced statement on feminism, but beautifully depicts a woman's passion for life. it has respects for it's suffering subjects and does a great job in telling a story so simple yet moving.