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Monica Z (2013)

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The world famous Swedish jazz singer, actress and icon Monica Zetterlund's life through stardom and hardship.

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Set in the glamour and free spirit of the early sixties. Monica, a young Swedish small town girl is dreaming of the vibrant city jazz clubs of Stockholm. She embarks on an intense journey in the limelight as a celebrated singer and actress in the golden era of jazz. Among artists and hipsters her phenomenal success leaves a trail of broken love affairs and promises. Written by Lena Rehnberg

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The film depicts several events in Monica Zetterlunds life in a much shorter time span than they actually occurred, making it impossible to say when it actually takes place. However, the Swedish switch from left- to right-hand traffic (3 September 1967) could be noticed as cars are driving on the left-hand side in almost the entire film, accept in the last scene when they have switched. See more »

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In the beginning of the movie when Monica is walking outside a house in Hagfors, you can see a glimpse of a LCD screen behind a window. See more »

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"Revering, life-affirming and acclaiming..."
23 January 2014 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Danish screenwriter and director Per Fly's sixth feature film which he co-wrote with Swedish author and screenwriter Peter Birro, is freely based on the life of a Swedish 20th and 21st century singer and actress named Monica Zetterlund (1937-2005). It premiered at the 7th Way Out West Music Festival in Sweden in 2013, was screened in the Nordic Focus section at the 41st Norwegian International Film Festival Haugesund in 2013, was shot on locations in Sweden and USA and is a Sweden-Denmark co-production which was produced by Swedish producer Lena Rehnberg. It tells the story about a 23-year-old telephone operator, jazz singer and mother named Monica who lives in a town called Hagfors in Sweden with her parents named Bengt and Greta Nilsson and her 5-year-old daughter named Eva-Lena, and who during a winter in 1960 is contacted by an English jazz pianist named Leonard Feather who invites her to New York, USA.

Distinctly and engagingly directed by Nordic filmmaker Per Fly, this finely paced and densely biographical tale which is narrated from multiple viewpoints though mostly from the main character's point of view, draws a humane and involving portrayal of an inspirited woman's relationship with her father, her daughter, her friend named Marika, a filmmaker named Vilgot Sjöman and a jazz musician named Sture Åkerberg. While notable for its naturalistic, variegated and atmospheric milieu depictions, reverent cinematography by Danish cinematographer Eric Kress, production design by Swedish production designer and costume designer Josefin Åsberg, costume design by costume designer Kicki Ilander and use of sound, colors and light, this character-driven and narrative-driven story about a person who grew up in a working-class family in Sweden in the 20th century and who struggled to make her father see that her persistent engagement in her music career wasn't all in vain, depicts a reflective study of character and contains a great and timely score by Swedish composer Peter Nordahl.

This somewhat historic, at times charmingly romantic and heart-shaped drama which is set in Sweden and in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s and which gracefully reconstructs and reminiscences poignant scenes in the life of a renowned artist, daughter and sister who was both criticized and praised in her homeland and discovered by American musicians she admired, is impelled and reinforced by its cogent narrative structure, substantial character development, subtle continuity, singing by Edda Magnason, striking scenes between Monica and her father, lyrics sung in Swedish by Monica : "I walk around in my Pompeii amongst ruins…" and the heartfelt acting performances by Swedish singer and actress Edda Magnason in her debut feature film role and Swedish actors Sverrir Gudnason and Kjell Bergqvist. A revering, life-affirming and acclaiming narrative feature which gained, among several other awards, the Nordic Film Award Haugesund at the 41st Norwegian Film Festival Haugesund in 2013.


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