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The Last Sentence
Oscar-nominated director Jan Troell, one of Sweden's most acclaimed filmmakers, directs the biopic The Last Sentence. Set against the backdrop of WWII, The Last Sentence is based on the life of crusading journalist Torgny Segerstedt, editor-in-chief of one of Sweden's leading newspapers, highlighting his one-man battle against Nazism and his country's policy of appeasement to Hitler. 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. Among… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Unfortunately, Troell chose to shoot the movie in digital black-and-white; the imagery seems anachronistic in its precision, undermining the period decor and clashing with the occasional low-grain newsreel footage of Nazis on the march."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Amazingly, Troell still operates his own camera. "The Last Sentence" was made digitally, and his attention to detail is remarkable."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"A decidedly noncommercial film about the courage of a newspaperman who was a real contrast to the inside-the-beltway hacks of today, anxious to justify every war that comes along."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Exposes iconic anti-Nazi Swede's feet of clay-- a tangled personal life. Nuanced character study is a challenge to conventional portraits of heroism and challenging to watch."
‑ Nora Lee Mandel, Film-Forward.com
"A remarkably full-bodied and frank character study that illuminates the old saw about the political being personal in a genuinely unusual way."
‑ Glenn Kenny, RogerEbert.com
"Troell invokes '50's and '60's Swedish cinema: masterly black-and-white cinematography, philosophical angst, a lifeless marriage and loved ones visiting from the afterlife."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"The great 83-year-old Swedish director Jan Troell specializes in movies about men of great stature in furious conflict with both their countries and themselves."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"This well-intentioned tale never breaks free from a dry and visually anemic history lesson that could easily be adapted into a monotonous stage play."
‑ Dann Gire, Daily Herald (IL)
"Ultimately, The Last Sentence, despite the great performances and awesome visuals, gets too preoccupied with its own interpersonal drama and soap opera dynamics, eventually forgetting to address some of the bigger moral implications it hints at."
‑ Witney Seibold, Nerdist
"The struggle of a Swedish theology student turned crusading journalist to speak truth to Hitler's power while dealing with his own shadow side."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It's a thoughtful and workmanlike portrait, but a less than profoundly moving one."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"A more sophisticated work than it appears about a man whose life was more complicated than the world knew."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"With "The Last Sentence," veteran Swedish director Jan Troell serves up a well-mannered biography of a man known for anything but his restraint."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"An unusually balanced, seemingly unbiased biopic. The cast can't be faulted in any way."
‑ Fr. Chris Carpenter, Movie Dearest
"Intimate and handsomely designed portrait of a real-life crusading anti-Hitler journalist in Sweden during the war years engages on several levels even as it sacrifices a better defined political and historic backdrop."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
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