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Once in a Lifetime (2000)

Livet är en schlager (original title)
Mona Bergström is a sweet Melodifestivalen-obsessed woman in her 30's. She is married to an unemployed man and they have 4 daughters, all named after her favorite Swedish Melodifestivalen ... 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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Mona Bergström is a sweet Melodifestivalen-obsessed woman in her 30's. She is married to an unemployed man and they have 4 daughters, all named after her favorite Swedish Melodifestivalen popstars. Her sister is a trans woman with AIDS self-titled "Candy". 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 cerebral palsy that forces him into a wheelchair. Mona holds a big place in Davids heart, and vice versa. David wants to have a normal job despite his handicap, therefore he works making music on his computer, and his goal is to create a song and send it to "The Cardigans", a famous Swedish band. Mona decides to write the lyrics and sing the demo. She is convinced that the song is great and her family should hear it, but David doesn't want until it's perfect. Mona grabs the CD anyway and shows it to her family. Her sister loves it and urges her to send it to the Melodifestivalen, the most important ... Written by Opera_of_Death

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Comedy | Drama | Music

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Trivia

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

Quotes

Sabina: [watching Mona reherse] If she pukes on that mic, I'll go home!
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Connections

References Santa's Workshop (1932) See more »

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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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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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$108,557
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Nordisk Film, SVT Drama See more »
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