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God Willing (2006)
"Om Gud vill" (original title)

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Immigrant Juan meets Finnish tango singer Juli in the summer of 1975 in Stockholm, and romance blooms.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Nina Persson ...
Juli
Amir Chamdin ...
Juan
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julia Alenius ...
Dagny
Emil Almén ...
Bachelor #3
Björn Andersson ...
Drunk man in subway
Patrik Bartosch ...
The Monoliths: Accordion, Organ
Hassan Brijany ...
Giuseppe
Janne Carlsson ...
David
Maurits Carlsson ...
Himself - The Monoliths: Drums
Claes Hartelius ...
Director, Housing Office Authority
Anders Balsam Hellström ...
Drunk man
Jan Holmberg ...
Doctor (scenes deleted)
Cecilia Häll ...
Pregnant woman
Kalle Josephson ...
Lennart
...
Mohammed
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It's the summer of 1975 and Stockholm is in the grip of a record heat wave. During daytime Juan packs fruit in the market place halls, as does his brother who he also lives with. In the evening he starts his second job as a cleaner in a fast food restaurant. His wife is coming to Stockholm in seven days time and then everything must be perfect. The lack of sleep and the oppressive heat make his loneliness more apparent. Early one morning his spot at the bus stop is occupied by a beautiful woman, Juli. After a couple of chance encounters the nightly meetings with Juli become the most important thing in Juan's life. God willing, fantasy can become reality. Written by Sonet Film

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The director made his cameraman Crille Forsberg wear really tight 70's LOIS jeans while filming. Apparently they were quite painful to wear. See more »

Quotes

Juli: Did you know that love is just a substance released in the brain?
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Soundtracks

Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground
Lyrics and Music by Jack White
Performed by Nina Persson and Nathan Larson
(c) EMI Publishing Scandinavia
(p) Chamdin, Stöhr & She
Courtesy of The White Stripes
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This is a film about love.
6 May 2006 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

It's a film about dreams, about immigrants who came to Sweden from all over the world in the 60's and 70's. They came for various reasons, often political, unable to stay in their own countries. Many stayed as they found love and new beginnings.

The main feature in this film is the image poetry, definitely. It's astounding.

There's a feeling of melancholy, reminiscent of the film In the Mood for Love, and the love theme is quite similar in the way it is portrayed.

Stylistically, it echoes some of the new wave Italian and maybe French films of the 60's. Yet it still has it's unique expression. There's something naked about it, and innocent.

While the archive images from the 70's add to a 'real feel' of the story, the plot remains somewhat intangible and vague. It may challenge conventional movie-going audiences, and maybe they need to be challenged.

The production designers and set decorators did a fab job in creating the settings, sparing us from too many 70's props. Overdoing it is often a flaw in time-period flics portraying the same era, so the modesty in décor here added some serious points.

To round things up, the film is innovative and style-conscious, and hopefully it has paved the way for more creative and indie films to screen on the repertoire. Let's hope it has.

Thanks for putting it out there!


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