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As It Is in Heaven (2004)

Så som i himmelen (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Music | 3 September 2004 (Sweden)
A famous international conductor returns to his small childhood town in Sweden for early retirement. He's asked to help with the church choir. He affects the lives of all in the choir.

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Kay Pollak
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Nyqvist ... Daniel Daréus
Frida Hallgren ... Lena
Helen Sjöholm Helen Sjöholm ... Gabriella
Lennart Jähkel ... Arne
Ingela Olsson ... Inger
Niklas Falk Niklas Falk ... Stig
Per Morberg ... Conny
Ylva Lööf ... Siv
André Sjöberg ... Tore
Mikael Rahm Mikael Rahm ... Holmfrid
Barbro Kollberg ... Olga
Axelle Axell Axelle Axell ... Florence
Lasse Pettersson Lasse Pettersson ... Erik (as Lasse Petterson)
Ulla-Britt Norrman-Olsson Ulla-Britt Norrman-Olsson ... Amanda (as Ulla-Britt Norrman)
Nils-Anders Vallgårda Nils-Anders Vallgårda ... Gordon, Gabriella's Son
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Storyline

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.

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Taglines:

Sometimes, inspiration is where you least expect it . . .

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

First film role for actress Helen Sjöholm, one of Sweden's biggest stars on the musical stage. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Inger: God doesn't forgive because He has never condemned.
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Connections

Followed by Heaven on Earth (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Gabriellas Sång
Written by Stefan Nilsson and Py Bäckman
Performed by Helen Sjöholm
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User Reviews

 
A wonderful and Moving Film
16 January 2005 | by dsmith-57See all my reviews

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.

If you can, see it!


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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | English | Italian

Release Date:

3 September 2004 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

As It Is in Heaven See more »

Filming Locations:

Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

SEK25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,402, 4 May 2008

Gross USA:

$10,236

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$18,328,469
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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