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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 int'l conductor returns to his small childhood town in northern Sweden for early retirement. He's asked to help with the church choir. He affects the lives of all in the choir.

Director:

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

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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 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 suddenly interrupts his career and returns alone to his childhood village in Norrland, in the far north of Sweden. It doesn't take long before he is asked to come and listen to the fragment of a church choir, which practises every Thursday in the parish hall. Just come along and give a little bit of good advice. He can't say no, and from that moment, nothing in the village is the same again. The choir develops and grows. He makes both friends and enemies. And he finds love. Written by Sonet Film

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

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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Trivia

In spite of being the most beloved Swedish film for several years it did not receive a single Golden Beetle, the most prestigious Swedish film award. 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

Daniel Daréus: When you like someone, how do you know that you love them?
Lena: Well, you... it makes you happy when you see him.
Daniel Daréus: Yes. And more?
Lena: You, you think about him all the time.
Daniel Daréus: Right. What else?
Lena: You're happy when you're with him.
Daniel Daréus: Happy when you are together... Lena... I love you.
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Connections

Referenced in Molanders: Den nya sponsorn (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphoni No. 2
Written by Anton Bruckner
Performed by the Tiroler Symphonieorchester
Conducted by Georg Schmöhe
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I am proud!
18 September 2004 | by rionaSee all my reviews

I walked out of from this wonderful movie and felt really happy over the fact that a Swedish movie could be so fantastic!

Kay Pollack has found the Swedish spirit and the double standards of the Swedish Church's morality. You should not be happy- you shall only carry the shame of the sin. Just sit in the church and feel how the shame destroy you..

If you as I have grown up in a small village as Daniel, you recognize all the characters. The evil, the joy, the envy and the social network, the dreams...

The main actors were all very excellent in their performances. Maybe they got a bit theatrical in their monologues, but they are to be forgiven for that because they are some of Swedens best theatre actors. But I must say that I think the hole cast did a splendid job!


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Country:

Sweden | Denmark

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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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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