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Once in a Lifetime (2000)

Livet är en schlager (original title)
Mona Bergström is a sweet euro-vision-obsessed woman in her 30's. She is married to a lazy husband and have 4 children, all named after her favorite Swedish euro-vision pop stars. Her ... See full summary »

Director:

Susanne Bier

Writer:

Jonas Gardell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helena Bergström ... Mona
Jonas Karlsson ... David
Thomas Hanzon ... Bosse
Björn Kjellman ... Candy Darling
Johan Ulveson ... Producer
Regina Lund Regina Lund ... Sabina
Lisa Olsen Lisa Olsen ... Kikki
Jessica Andersson Jessica Andersson ... Carola
Amanda Rasmuson Amanda Rasmuson ... Lena Ph
Sandra Kassman Sandra Kassman ... Anna Book
Katarina Ewerlöf ... Studio Hostess
Sissela Kyle ... Employment Agency Worker
Leif Andrée ... Man in the Subway Speaking with Mona
Ia Langhammer ... Waitress
Jessica Zandén Jessica Zandén ... Mother at Cafeteria
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Storyline

Mona Bergström is a sweet euro-vision-obsessed woman in her 30's. She is married to a lazy husband and have 4 children, all named after her favorite Swedish euro-vision pop stars. Her brother is a cross-dressing guy self-titled "Candy Darling". Mona works on a retirement home for disabled people, where she is responsible for taking care of a young man named David who suffers a movement restricting disease forcing him into a wheelchair. Davids parents has abandoned him as they wanted a normal child. Mona holds a big place in Davids heart, and vice versa. Davids goal is to get his parents to come and visit him, and he wants to show them that he is a great person, despite his handicap. Therefore he works with music on his computer, and his goal is to create a song, send it to "The Cardigans", a famous Swedish band and have them play the song and credit him, hoping his parents would spot it and want to visit him. Written by Opera_of_Death

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Country:

Sweden | Denmark

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

10 November 2000 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Hånden på hjertet See more »

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Nordisk Film, SVT Drama See more »
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Trivia

Carola Häggkvist, Lena Philipsson, Jean-Pierre Barda and other celebrities all appear as themselves. See more »

Quotes

Kikki: When is mum coming home?
Bosse: I don't know right now.
Lena Ph: I miss mum!
Anna Book: Me too.
Kikki: When is she coming home?
Bosse: I told you I don't know...
Anna Book: [shouts] I wanna see mum....
[all others join]
Bosse: [shouts back] Oh stop it! Do you wanna se mum, huh?
Anna Book: [together with other girls] Mhm
[...]
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Connections

References Candid Camera (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

If Life Was a Song
Written by Jesper Winge Leisner
Performed by Carola Häggkvist
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Good acting, fair direction, bad bad script
1 March 2007 | by Erik_Svinding_OlsenSee all my reviews

This (Swedish) movie is the worst thing I have ever seen from Danish Susanne Bier's hand. This is too bad. Susanne Bier has made so fine movies as "Freud flyttar hemifrån..." (1991), "Brev til Jonas" (1992), "Det bli'r i familien" (1994), "Sekten" (1997) and the beautiful "Den Eneste Ene" (1999). After this one she made "Brødre" (2004) and the Oscar-nominated "Efter brylluppet" (2006). This script stinks. Not her fault altogether, as the script is by Jonas Gardell. But the fine, fine actors make some of the story believable. Most of all Helena Bergström as Mona, and Jonas Karlsson as David, and that may be a credit to the director, too.


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