THE PLOT THUS FAR
A story based on the life of journalist Torgny Segerstedt, who alerted the Swedish public to the threat of Fascism in the 1930s.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Last Sentence” focuses on Torgny Segerstedt in a fictionalized account on his efforts to keep the Nazis from rising to power in Sweden. While the Nazis would come knocking at the door, the Nordic front first learned of the horrors that Hitler planned via Segerstedt’s column. While Segerstedt would dwell on his personal ties to the Jews, much attention is paid to the fact that the Swedish monarchy was telling him to cool it. The King believes that if Germany and Russia got pissed enough, they could easily slip across the border and destroy Sweden’s military. People keep leaning in on Segerstedt to stop, but he keeps pushing harder and harder against a force that no one seems to be giving proper attention.
Fascism still holds a grasp over Europe’s historical fascination. In America, we just throw the term around like it means nothing. Director Jan Troell shows how the rise of this evil bothered Segerstedt to the point that he couldn’t break focus. This isn’t a tired biopic, so much as a look at a man that can’t ignore a force that might end the modern world. The latter half of the film is based in Segerstedt’s efforts to reconcile his personal beliefs, his feelings about the country and all of the women he failed. While we get an idea of the price paid for Sweden’s neutrality, Sweden is never properly faulted for not doing what was right.
The DVD comes with a featurette as the sole special feature. The A/V Quality is on par with most indie foreign releases. The transfer is sharp enough for standard definition. The Dolby 5.1 track is sharp for the Swedish original language track. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 10/21/2014