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As It Is in Heaven

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ACADEMY AWARD® NOMINEE: BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2005 Academy Awards®, As It Is In Heaven is the story of Daniel, 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 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... A beautiful and engaging film, As It Is In Heaven is a wonderful story about life and love that is sure to inspire and delight. Starring Michael Nyqvist, of the upcoming Millennium series of films, from the books by Stieg Larsson.

2005 Swedish with English subtitles 132 minutes 16:9 Widescreen

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Romantic and funny, this deeply felt ode to love is a roller-coaster ride of emotions. --Variety

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  • Actors: Michael Nyqvist, Frida Hallgren
  • Directors: Kay Pollak
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Lorber Films
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002W1HBM0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,567 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "As It Is in Heaven" on IMDb

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By Thomas Wikman VINE VOICE on June 28, 2008
Format: DVD
I have only reviewed one movie before (a bad one), but I had to say something about this movie because it was such a great surprise. I think this is the best movie I have seen for years and my wife liked it even more. This movie is beautiful, touching, and has an important message. I think it is the best Scandinavian movie since "My Life as a Dog" and "Babettes Feast", perhaps the best Scandinavian movie ever. It is in Swedish with English subtitles.

Daniel Dareus a famous musician returns to his Childhood village Ljusåker in Northern Sweden after ending his career in the aftermath of a heart attack. The members of the local church choir ask him to help them. His professional methods are not easily understood by the locals but the choir members love him. The drama filled events that unfold result in people finding the courage to face their fears and to grow, something that is not appreciated by everyone. All his life all Daniel wanted to do was to help people finding their voice, and for the first time in his life he truly succeeds in doing that in more than one way.

The village and its people reminded me a lot of my own home village in Northern Sweden (I am from further North though). Daniel Dareus reminded me in more than one way of my Amazon friend Giordano Bruno and I recommend it to all my Amazon friends and anyone who is interested in seeing something different.
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This review focuses on various human-emotion topics of the film rather than details of the storyline:

I sobbed from a spiritual/soul epiphany sparked by this film. Films like this that dig beneath the surface of human experience are once in a blue moon. It demonstrates a sincere belief in the good of people- it speaks the message again and again that one's best is all anyone can ever do. It serves to humanize all members of a society, regardless of their actions (referring to battered woman and husband). It is a story of a group of individuals learning to listen to one another and harmonize- the choir is a metaphor for the grander society; an indispensable lesson for the well-being of our world. It is about release of judgment and fears.

A beautiful film! If you enjoyed Life is Beautiful (Roberto Benini) or Together(another Swedish film)- you may really like As It Is In Heaven.
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This is the first movie I've been to where at the end I wanted to stand and applaud. I think the sound of the choir at the end had such an overwhelming physical affect I was physically and emotionally moved. I felt as if all my cells were hopping.

After I saw this film I heard a physician on public radio talking about 'sound therapy' and the ways in which music, song and sound can heal the body.
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This is definetly one of the best movies of all times. No effects, no show, just the opening of souls and minds of normal people. The music is is just a perfect frame for a perfect picture!
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If this movie doesn't touch you, doesn't speak to you at all - well, you should see a shrink, as you are likely to be unhappy and emotionally stiff.

This story is not for analyzing but for breaking the analytical, stubborn mind and cutting through its cold, deceptive intellectualism to the center of one's being - Love.

Dry, analytical words are of no value. They can give the ego a sense of superiority but deprive one from experiencing beauty and joy.

It would be nice if one could let go of one's stupid intellectualism and dive into the sea of the Heart.

This is what this movie is about. It is not about analysing and about being philosophical, it is about shifting from living as a thinking being (i.e. being dead) to living as a listening being, where the abundance of Love is.

When we listen to classical music which overwhelms us we don't sit there analysing the notes or the rhythm or the age when it was written (well, normal people don't). We surrender to it. This movie is about surrender of that which keeps us away from happiness, it is about letting go of the cold intellect and waking up to Life.

Seeing this movie is like hearing a symphony that leaves you both empty and full. Empty of misery and full of what is beyond words and thoughts.
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"As it is in Heaven" is a beautiful film that, although it will not receive a wide audience due to its Swedish language and English subtitles, deserves wide acclaim. It was nominated for an Oscar as best foreign language film. Such a nomination was appropriate. This is a great film.

In brief, the story covers the life an acclaimed orchestra composer who, for apparent health reasons, forgoes his carer and returns to the rural town of his birth. Here, he is asked to manage a small local church choir. His methods are unusual and he soon earns the ire of the local minister who is straight laced and wracked by guilt. His wife, however, yearns to break free and the choir provides the perfect opportunity. Other members of the choir carry their own burdens including a gifted woman who is in a brutal relationship with her husband. Again, the choir proves to provide the momentum for her to address her problems.

As a study of human relationships, "As it is in Heaven" is a tour de force. Do not let the language deter you from seeing this masterpiece. It is one of the best films of the year.
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