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The world famous Swedish jazz singer, actress and icon Monica Zetterlund's life through stardom and hardship.

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Per Fly

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Monica Zetterlund (inspired by the life of), Peter Birro (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edda Magnason ... Monica
Sverrir Gudnason ... Sture
Kjell Bergqvist ... Bengt
Vera Vitali ... Marika
Oskar Thunberg Oskar Thunberg ... Vilgot
Johannes Wanselow Johannes Wanselow ... Beppe
Nadja Christiansson Nadja Christiansson ... Eva-Lena
David Hellenius ... Skivbolagsdirektören
Cecilia Ljung Cecilia Ljung ... Greta
Fredrik Lindborg Fredrik Lindborg ... Dompan
Jörgen Thorsson ... Tage
Hanna Ullerstam ... Kerstin
Hedda Stiernstedt ... Lina
Henrik Ståhl Henrik Ståhl ... Povel Ramel
Anna Harling Anna Harling ... Journalisten
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Storyline

Set in the glamour and free spirit of the early sixties. Monica, a young Swedish small town girl is dreaming of the vibrant city jazz clubs of Stockholm. She embarks on an intense journey in the limelight as a celebrated singer and actress in the golden era of jazz. Among artists and hipsters her phenomenal success leaves a trail of broken love affairs and promises. Written by Lena Rehnberg

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A lingonberry branch in a cocktail glass.

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish | English

Release Date:

13 September 2013 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Waltz for Monica See more »

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Dolby

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The variety show that Monica plays in the movie is a mixture of different varieties she did with Hasse Alfredsson and Tage Danielsson. The venue, China Teatern (The China Theatre) and the actor with the turban is a reference to Gula Hund (Yellow Dog) from 1964. The musicians with the red sport coats are from the 1976 variety Svea Hund and lastly the number Monica performs ("Vad en liten gumma kan gno", roughly translated "What a little [old] lady can work") is from "Glaset i Örat" (The Glass in the Ear) from 1973. See more »

Goofs

The movie is supposed to take place during the very first years of the 1960's. However, as Monica Z. and the band tour the country in a bus you can hear the Swedish pop group Tages performing "Ms MacBaren" from the loudspeakers. This song was actually not released until 1966. See more »

Connections

References Eurovision Song Contest: Grand Prix 1963 (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Ta av dig skorna
Composed by Povel Ramel
Lyrics written by Beppe Wolgers, Povel Ramel
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Chronology?
6 October 2013 | by stenssonSee all my reviews

Let's first make clear that Edda Magnason is fantastic as Monica Zetterlund, an icon in Swedish jazz music and entertainment. Not at least when she sings. It's almost scary.

But the script about her life outside stage is a melodrama on at best average level. The chronology is strange, 15 years pass and her daughter doesn't get older and nothing new is put to the common movie myth about the self-burning artist and her soul.

We're quite in love with the early 60s now. Both we who were where and the rest of us. Which doesn't mean we're so interested in this way of romanticizing it in this way, even the destructiveness it kept


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