As it is in Heaven

As it is in Heaven

DVD - 2009 | Swedish
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Daniel, a successful international conductor, returns to his childhood village in Sweden. Soon thereafter, the local church choir seeks him out to solicit his advice. He can't refuse, and nothing in the village is the same again. As the amateur choir develops and grows, he is drawn to the people of his old hometown, makes friends, and finds love.
Publisher: New York, NY : [Distributed by] Kino, c2009
Branch Call Number: Swedish DVD
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (132 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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dprodrig
Dec 07, 2017

I've watched this twice and I just don't tire of it. A crisis causes a conductor to change lanes in his life and go back to the village where he was bullied under his new name. While there, not only is he confronted by his past, he decides to conduct the choir, and he gets to know the richly textured lives of those who live there. I like how he stays grounded despite the challenges he faces, how each member is valued and of course, the main song Gabriella's song is quite the scene. I even had my children watch it, who are older, it has it's heavy parts like the violence in the home.

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jimg2000
Nov 24, 2017

A 2004 comedy drama, well before Nyqvist starred in the 2008 big hits “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” series. The finale performance was utterly unexpected but shockingly great.

A brilliant Swedish film that I would watch again. Deep and textured, it prompts different levels of emotion which, in the end, is uplifting.

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0cho
Mar 04, 2015

This is an excellent foreign film. Lots of depth, excellent writing and great acting make this movie a pleasure to watch.

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No_Stalkers4Me
Oct 31, 2014

Lovely flick. Gabriella's Song - sigh.

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finn75
Sep 16, 2014

Brilliant! Heartbreaking! Brilliant! What more can be said.

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Popsicletoestoo
Sep 02, 2014

what an excellent movie. The story is believable to the point where I checked to see if it was based on a true story and the actors are real people not Hollywood face jobs. The content reaches the sublime. may have to see it again.

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DeannaF
Jan 26, 2014

Another great Swedish film. I watched it as an aid to understanding and learning the language but found it fed my soul too!

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ilovewhippets
Jun 16, 2013

Excellent movie in every way! This is the very best movie I have seen in a very long time! Colorful, excellent story, wonderful acting, beautiful music! It's got everything! I highly recommend it! Just superb!

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ibid
May 23, 2012

One of the best movies I have seen. Funny, moving with a glorious central theme of harmony and communion through music and song

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jimg2000
Nov 24, 2017

When I grow up I'm going to marry you, mommy.
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Ever since I was a little boy, I've had a dream: To create music that opens people's hearts. It's still my dream.
- That's no small dream.
What stopped me was... I found it hard to love people.
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There's something you told me that I have to say to you. It's really important. I've have to say it right now. Lena! When you like someone... How do you know you love them?
-You're happy when you see them.
What else?
- You think about him.
What else?
-When you love someone you feel happy, being with him.
You feel happy, being... with her. Lena, I can say it now.
-Say it then.
I love you.

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jimg2000
Nov 24, 2017

Do you believe in angels? If I squint I sometimes see their wings. I saw wings on Olga and on Arne, in the last song. I've seen them on Tore. I've seen them on you. You're ready when you see them on everyone. You can if you practice.
-Lena...
I've known the whole time.
-Known what?
That you're scared. You needn't be scared, Daniel. There is no death. Ever since my parents died when I was small, I've known. There is no death.
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You can't compete in music. The idea's insane! It's against all my beliefs! You have no idea. I've been there, under all the pressure. I know! I've done it! It's not good for you.

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jimg2000
Nov 24, 2017

Gabiellas Song:
It is now that my life is mine
I've got this short time on earth
and my longing has brought me here
all I lacked
and all I gained
And yet it's the way that I chose
My trust was far beyond words
That has shown me a little bit
Of the heaven I've never found
I want to feel I'm alive
All my living days
I will live as I desire
I want to feel I'm alive
Knowing I was good enough
I have never lost who I was
I have only left it sleeping
Maybe I never had a choice
Just the will to stay alive
All I want is to be happy
Being who I am
To be strong and to be free
To see day arise from night
I am here
And my life is only mine
And the heaven I thought was there
I'll discover it there somewhere
I want to feel
That I've lived my life

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Nov 15, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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