As It Is in Heaven (Så som i himmelen) (2004)
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Critic Reviews for As It Is in Heaven (Så som i himmelen)
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.
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.
... splits the difference between heartwarming small town comedy of an outsider bonding with eccentric inhabitants and spiky drama of the insular town...
Doesn't avoid all the pitfalls, [but] it plays things out quirkily enough to surprise and engage us.
Not a movie for cynics.
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.
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.
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.....
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