As It Is in Heaven (2004)
"Så som i himmelen" (original title)

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A successful international conductor suddenly interrupts his career and returns alone to his childhood village in Norrland, in the far north of Sweden.It doesn't take long before he is ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Daréus
Helen Sjöholm ...
Niklas Falk ...
Ylva Lööf ...
Mikael Rahm ...
Barbro Kollberg ...
Axelle Axell ...
Lasse Pettersson ...
Erik (as Lasse Petterson)
Ulla-Britt Norrman-Olsson ...
Amanda (as Ulla-Britt Norrman)
Nils-Anders Vallgårda ...
Gordon, Gabriella's Son


A successful international conductor suddenly interrupts his career and returns alone to his childhood village in Norrland, in the far north of Sweden.It doesn't take long before he is asked to come and listen to the fragment of a church choir, which practises every Thursday in the parish hall. Just come along and give a little bit of good advice. He can't say no, and from that moment, nothing in the village is the same again. The choir develops and grows. He makes both friends and enemies. And he finds love. Written by Sonet Film

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Sometimes, inspiration is where you least expect it . . .


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Release Date:

3 September 2004 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

As It Is in Heaven  »

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Box Office


SEK 25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$20,049 (New Zealand) (4 August 2006)


$9,910 (USA) (1 August 2014)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


In spite of being the most beloved Swedish film for several years it did not receive a single Golden Beetle, the most prestigious Swedish film award. See more »


Gabriella: [singing] I want to feel that I have lived my life.
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Followed by Heaven on Earth (2015) See more »


Gabriellas Sång
Written by Stefan Nilsson and Py Bäckman
Performed by Helen Sjöholm
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Fantastic movie
21 August 2005 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Wow I loved this movie! It is about normal life in a small village. About hypocrisy and honesty, love and surrender. Great! It is about things everybody encounters in life. You have to do things with passion. But some people will not appreciate your passion and will try to stop you. There are people who find the opinion of others and 'what will the neighbors think' more important than to follow their heart. Don't let anybody's opinion stop you from fulfilling your dreams and passion. I loved the fact that the actors were all really normal people, it could have been my family. No big beauties, but all people you fall in love with during the movie.

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