As It Is in Heaven (Så som i himmelen) (2004)



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An internationally renowned Swedish conductor returns to his childhood village and agrees to help the local church choir hone their singing skills. The harder Daniel works draws out the singers' hidden inner talents, the more he realizes just what he's been missing by living in the big city. Before long he's made new friends, and found a new love. A heartfelt tale of inspiration and discovery, As It Is In Heaven was Sweden's official submission for Best Foreign Film at the 2005 Academy Awards. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for As It Is in Heaven (Så som i himmelen)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

It tells its tale of love, community and redemption with soap-operatic mood swings and a true believer's faith in the transcendent powers of music.

Mar 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

As It Is in Heaven works best as a thematic piece of art. It's a statement on the ugliness of humanity and the power of music to wound, but then heal.

May 2, 2008 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

... splits the difference between heartwarming small town comedy of an outsider bonding with eccentric inhabitants and spiky drama of the insular town...

Apr 11, 2010 | Full Review…

Doesn't avoid all the pitfalls, [but] it plays things out quirkily enough to surprise and engage us.

May 21, 2008 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Not a movie for cynics.

Mar 13, 2007

Some may find the melodramatic ending is unsuited to the film's tone, but might well forgive that one negative, given the many pluses.

Nov 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for As It Is in Heaven (Så som i himmelen)

A gripping, uplifting and emotionally powerful drama, about a successful conductor (Michael Nyqvist), who returns to his childhood village, to find some peace of mind after suffering a near-fatal heart attack. His presence, however, causes quite the stir - bringing out the best (and worst) in the people he encounters. A beautifully deep-going character study, that moves, inspires and accurately reflects the Swedish small town mentality. Nominated for an Oscar in 2005 for Best Foreign Language Film of the Year.

Mike S
Mike S

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As It Is In Heaven is of a heartwarming story of love, community, and redemption through faith on the transcendent powers of music of a renowned musician whose goal is to "create music that will open a person's heart." Brilliantly explores worthwhile themes on music and religion. Truly inspirational, graceful, joyful, and lovely. Heaven-bound.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

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I really enjoyed this movie. I admit that I was having a very small problem dealing with the leading man being so unattractive. I blame American films and their beautiful actors. We have grown accustomed to watching people on film that are usually rather attractive in this country, and it seems in other countries it isnt important. It shouldnt be, but I have to say I struggled with it. The movie, though, was so nice that I managed to get around it. I am ashamed that I feel this way. Shame on me.....

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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It has and interesting point: how some situations and people of our childhood affect our whole life; how we are not able to deal with them even after a long time and how we have to face them in some point of our life. In the other hand, it is everything you´ve already seen in thousand of other "inspiring" movies, without any creative or innovative or at least a little bit different point of view.

Rubia  Carolina
Rubia Carolina

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