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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.

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garycornell
Apr 18, 2017

Simply put this "As It Is In Heaven" was one of the best films I ever watched. Now I say that as an older man who has experience music as a performer. A Swedish church choir taught me some things I didn't know about myself. I was moved the a cast that is probably not made up of professional actors and actresses. Never the less, they were magnificent!! Five stars for a movie that most people probably never heard of or had a chance to see. "As It Is In Heaven" is an unexpected joy to watch!

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storywizard
Jul 16, 2016

Lovely film, I laughed, cried, got inspired even though the stereotypes are on full display my emotions got a full workout.Not for the cynical of heart...:-)

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gail1944
Feb 25, 2016

Wonderful film--marvelous acting. It isn't sentimental at all but deals with important topics like redemption, forgiveness and acceptance. A five star movie by any standard.

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Nursebob
Dec 17, 2014

This movie is so full of B.S. Hollywood cliches and forced sentimentality it's little wonder it was chosen as Sweden's official entry for Best Foreign Language Oscar. From Daniel's healing affair with the town tramp (she teaches him to love again...and ride a bike!) to the glaring religious references, everything about this film rings false and stagy. There are a few memorable lines when the errant pastor receives a tongue-lashing from his furious wife but the final scene at an international choir competition is so blatantly manipulative I had to hit "pause" until I could stop laughing. American-style dreck with a Swedish accent.

madame_librarian Dec 16, 2010

In this stunningly directed and acted film from Sweden, we meet Daniel Darius, world-famous conductor and composer, suffering from total exhaustion and recuperating from a heart attack. He returns to the tiny village where he endured horrible bullying and a miserable childhood as a young musical prodigy. Due to a name change and many years passage, no one in the village remembers him, and he is welcomed as a celebrity. Asked to take on the church choir, Daniel reluctantly agrees. His involvement in this small community grows, and his influence, both musical and emotional, is great. Not all are so enthusiastic about his presence--the jealous pastor who views Daniel's popularity and unconventional methods as a reflection on his own rigidity; the abused wife's husband who flies into a rage if rehearsals run late; the blustery local car salesman who's used to giving orders to the choir--are not so sure he's a good fit for the town. The themes of personal transformation, hypocrisy, love, and freedom are presented with sensitivity and humor in a beautifully balanced and paced effort.--Madame Librarian

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