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As It Is In Heaven (S som i himmelen) (2004) (Sweden)

PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2005 1:18 am
by hengcs

Director: Kay Pollak
Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Frida Hallgren

This film was 1 of the 5 that made it to the ultimate nomination in Oscar 2005 (foreign films category).

It tells the story of a successful conductor who returned to his childhood village and was asked to help out with a choir ...

What is good ...
-- The audience is constantly reminded that "The purpose of music is to open one's heart!" ... and predictably, it did for the protagonist, and many of the supporting characters ... ha ha ha
-- Belying the simplistic plot, the film dwells with a number of issues, from fear and passion, to strength and power, from love and family, to life and work, etc ...
-- It has a nice soundtrack, and the main song has very meaningful lyrics.

What I thought could be better ...
-- Oh no, I actually do not like the ending, which reminds me so much of "Dead Poets Society" ... when everyone joins in the chorus ... to me, it is kind of contrived ...
-- Although the film has many underlying messages, the characterizations are rather simplified archetypes (except the lead) ...
-- Hmmm, if you are expecting lots of singing (like Les Choristes), you may be disappointed.

I find the film above average, but it did not blow me away ...

Re: As It Is In Heaven (S som i himmelen) (2004) (Sweden)

PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2005 4:13 am
by hengcs
You may watch the trailer here ...

The other 4 nominees are
-- The Chorus (France)
-- Downfall (Germany)
-- Yesterday (South Africa)
-- The Sea Inside (Spain)

Re: As It Is In Heaven (S som i himmelen) (2004) (Sweden)

PostPosted: Thu Sep 15, 2005 5:47 am
by trevor826
Thanks for the info hengcs, I thought The Chorus was a little too "nice" and very much a mainstream film. I can't say I'll make a major effort to see As it is in Heaven although I'll certainly check out the trailer.

Cheers Trev.

Just seen the trailer, I think I'll give it a miss thanks.