The Last Sentence

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"A magnificent film … Jan Troell is a great and restrained director, seldom extravagant or showy, but trusting of actors, décor and a relentless attention to mixed motives." - David Thomson, New Republic

“Fascinating … unexpected … a true tale of WWII resistance from a new perspective” - Stephen Schaefer, Boston Herald

The Last Sentence turns back time in handsome fashion … rich in period detail.” – Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post


A dramatic and poetic true story about a man who could not be silenced, The Last Sentence weaves together a psychologically insightful love story with a portrayal of the tenuous political situation neutral Sweden found itself in during the Second World War, and proves that at 81, celebrated Swedish filmmaker Jan Troell (Everlasting Moments, The Emigrants) is still at the height of his powers. Torgny Segerstedt (Danish star Jesper Christensen, Melancholia) was one of the leading journalists in Sweden in the 20th century. As managing editor of the Gothenburg economic daily Handelstidningen, he fought a one-man battle against Adolf Hitler and fascism throughout the war years. With Sweden caught between Nazi Germany and Stalin’s Russia, the country’s elites chose a policy of neutrality and compliance, with few daring to speak up against the evil around them. But Segerstedt dared to speak the truth, and in the eyes of many of his countrymen, his pen was far more dangerous than the Nazi sword. Amidst the political turmoil of the era, Segerstedt’s own personal life took a dramatic and scandalous turn as he entered into a very public affair with the Jewish intellectual Maja Forssman (Pernilla August, Fanny and Alexander), the wife of his close friend, the newspaper’s publisher. Exquisitely filmed in black-and-white, The Last Sentence is a gripping tale of courage under fire and the power of conviction, continuing director Troell’s cinematic mission to illuminate history. (Dir. by Jan Troell, 2013, Sweden/Norway, in Swedish with subtitles, 126 mins., Not Rated, Music Box Films) Digital



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