Monday, March 21, 2005

Så som i Himmelen

Niin kuin taivaassa / As It Is in Heaven. SE (c) 2004 GF Studios. PC: Sonet Film / GF Studios. D: Kay Pollak. SC: Anders Nyberg, Ola Olsson. DP: Harald Gunnar Paalgard. M: Stefan Nilsson, "Gabriellas sång" (lyrics Py Bäckman). Starring Michael Nyqvist (Daniel Daréus), Frida Hallgren (Lena), Axelle Axell (Florence), Verena Buratti (Loredana), Niklas Falk (Stig), Lennart Jähkel (Arne), Barbro Kollberg (Olga), Ylva Lööf (Siv), Per Morberg (Conny), Ulla-Britt Norrman-Olsson (Amanda), Ingela Olsson (Inger), Lasse Petterson (Erik), Mikael Rahm (Holmfrid), André Sjöberg (Tore), Helen Sjöholm (Gabriella). 132 min. Digital intermediate look, alas (views of Norrland). A FS Film release, Finnish subtitles by Kaisa Yliportimo. Viewed at Kinopalatsi 5, Helsinki, 20 March 2005. The return of Kay Pollak after 18 years to make a huge box office hit in Sweden. There are parallels in his film to Änglagård, Höstsonaten, Fanny och Alexander, Chocolat, Gladiator, Intermezzo, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Commitments, Brassed Off, and the life of Jesus. 30 years ago I used to be sarcastic with films like this. Now I think they're great. The cliches do not bother me. This is a celebration to song, about the transforming power of music in everyday life. Singing is good for health, it can make life better, we should sing more. It's a great theme, and I hope there will be remakes everywhere, including Finland.

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