tarrdigrade’s review published on Letterboxd:
I can say nothing about this 104 year old story, written by the first female to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, Selma Lagerlöf, who sold all her then unpublished works to the Swedish Cinema Theatre. The director of this film, Victor Sjösröm, has directed and starred films that are as old as the story of this film. 104 year old films. That's what I kept thinking about when watching this film, and it always baffles me how aside from the grainy quality, aside from the intertitles and aside from effects, how films like this stay so timeless.
All you need to know is that this is a social study with a character set spanning the entire spectrum from. It's an incredibly entertaining study at that not to mention absolutely heart wrenching. Slightly reminiscent of Dickens' A Christmas Story, but different in many ways. Most significantly the emotion.
Watch it if you wan to improve your historical perspective of cinema or just for entertainment. The subject matter may give you slight heebie jeebies and make you think twice before going out to celebrate next New Year's Eve.