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As It Is in Heaven (2004)

Så som i himmelen (original title)
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 ...
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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 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 »


Inger: God doesn't forgive because He has never condemned.
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Featured in The 77th Annual Academy Awards (2005) See more »


Written by Richard Wagner
Performed by the Tiroler Symphonieorchester
Conducted by Georg Schmöhe
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no extras all pure enjoyment
13 February 2006 | by (Austria) – See all my reviews

Back to the roots with "like it is in heaven" - what are the real values of life? These Swedes carve out a message that appeals to every heart. We've seen it twice now in a cinema packed to the last seat: love pure and joy within the music of a choir that's simple, yet full of power once everyone finds his or her inner tone.

From the glitter of fame to the school of of his youth, now empty and ready to be adapted as his new home after collapsing on stage, Daniel wants to start listening and is drawn into the lives of the simple, warm and rough people of the North.

He wins the hearts with music and gains the capacity to love and be loved unconditionally.

Don't go see it if you've been normed to Hollywood. This stuff contains no extras, just your laughter, your compassion, your tears!

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