This is an utterly charming Swedish movie, romantic, funny, warm and in some ways an ode to love and art. As It is in Heaven was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2005 Academy Awards®.
It tells the story of Daniel Dareus, a successful international conductor who 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 from that point on nothing in the village will ever be the same again. As the amateur choir develops and grows, he is drawn to the people of his old hometown, makes friends and even finds love.
This beautiful and engaging film is currently one of my all time favorites, As It Is In Heaven is a wonderful story about life and love that is sure to inspire and delight. It stars Michael Nyqvist, of the Millennium trilogy movies, who plays excellently in this movie as well; perhaps this is his best performance ever – it truly is stunning. This quiet movie simply is beautiful, touching, and has an important message as well. A nice movie to view, and quite comparable to other excellent Scandinavian movies like My Life as a Dog and Babettes Feast.
This is a film of that special kind that digs beneath the surface of human experience, and it also demonstrates a sincere belief in the good of people and liberating power of art. It is a story of a group of individuals learning to listen to one another and harmonize, and about release of judgment and fears. Very entertaining, very authentic and in some ways quite profound – a movie that makes you feel, and one you will continue to carry with you when it is over.
The movie is in Swedish with English subtitles.
Product Details (US Edition)
- Actors: Michael Nyqvist, Frida Hallgren
- Directors: Kay Pollak
- Format: Color, DVD, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: Swedish
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Unrated
- Studio: KINO INTERNATIONAL
- DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
- Run Time: 132 minutes