A successful international conductor (Michael Nyqvist) suddenly interrupts his career and returns to his childhood village in Sweden. He is asked to listen to the church choir and from that moment nothing in the village is the same again. The choir grows, and the conductor makes both friends and enemies and finds love.
First film role for actress Helen Sjöholm, one of Sweden's biggest stars on the musical stage. See more »
When Arne announces that the choir will be going to Austria, he says that they will travel to Mozart's home town. This would either be Salzburg (where Mozart was born) or Vienna (where he spent much of his life). However, the town seen in the film is actually Innsbruck. See more »
God doesn't forgive because He has never condemned.
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This film, recently voted as an audience favorite at the 2005 Palm Springs International Film Festival, is inspiring and moving. A famous conductor, forced to retire by illness, returns to the small village of his birth to become the leader of the church choir, and finally find fulfillment in his music. Drawing on Sweedish traits of keeping things within oneself and of the insular character of a small Swedish village, this film develops each of its characters well. superbly directed, acted and sung, it brought tears to many eyes, and smiles to all. Hopefully it will find distribution in the United States.
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