In the films of Swedish director Jan Troell (The Emigrants, The New Land), ordinary lives assume epic dimensions, and this drama, based on the experiences of his wife's proto-feminist grandmother, doesn't sugarcoat the hardships of the early 1900s. A beleaguered mother (Maria Heiskanen) despairs of feeding her large family, while her drunken husband (Mikael Persbrandt) loses jobs and chases skirts. Ironically, a camera she won in a lottery during their courtship leads to new opportunities, thanks to the kindness of a gentleman photographer (Jesper Christensen). Mischa Gavrjusjov keys the camera work to the characters' moods, inky blacks portending a thunderous alcoholic outburst, golden washes signaling the heroine's late blooming. In Swedish with subtitles (125 min.).