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 . . .


Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance


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Release Date:

3 September 2004 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

As It Is in Heaven  »

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SEK 25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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First film role for actress Helen Sjöholm, one of Sweden's biggest stars on the musical stage. See more »


Daniel Daréus: When you like someone, how do you know that you love them?
Lena: Well, you... it makes you happy when you see him.
Daniel Daréus: Yes. And more?
Lena: You, you think about him all the time.
Daniel Daréus: Right. What else?
Lena: You're happy when you're with him.
Daniel Daréus: Happy when you are together... Lena... I love you.
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Referenced in 100 höjdare: Världens roligaste ögonblick 80-71 (2005) See more »


Glada Änkan
Written by Franz Lehár (as Franz Lehar)
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Very well done, exceptionally moving
5 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If the screenwriter and director intended to open hearts with the movie as the musician wanted to do with his music, they succeeded with me. Commonplace human situations became original, personal and immediate so that I personally felt touched by each situation. I believe I would credit the power of music combined with the point of view of the person writing the movie. Without spoiling, I can say that I was very moved by the movie's approach to living. Haven't actually cried out of-what- joy? empathy? just deep emotion? in a very long time. I would love to find a way to show it to others. Saw it at Seattle International Film Festival.

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