Sunday, December 20, 2009

As It Is in Heaven

No spoilers.

I just finished watching the brilliant 2004 Swedish (subtitled) film As It Is in Heaven. It’s directed by Kay Pollak and stars Michael Nyqvist and Frida Hallgren. I first saw the film not long after it was released in 2004 – it was a huge hit here in NZ and ran for 52 weeks.


The story centres around Daniel Daréus (played by Nyqvist) who is a renowned international conductor whose life aspiration is to create music that will open people's hearts. Ill health forces him to retire to the home of his early childhood in the far north of Sweden, to the village where he endured a terrible childhood of bullying. There he reluctantly agrees to help with the church choir.

This is a beautiful film and I highly recommend it. Sometimes, inspiration is where you least expect to find it…


  1. Sounds like a good one for the holidays.

    Back at cha on the 2009/2010.

  2. I haven't heard of this one.
    I look forward to 2010 and more visits with The Quiet Life.

  3. Thanks for your post. It is nice getting a bit of NZ here in South Florida. Best of All next year.

  4. Sounds awesome Lou. I've added it to the Netflix Queue, but it isn't available here yet through them.

  5. Sounds like a lovely film, Lou!

    I know that if you've enjoyed and are recommending it, it's gotta be good. I'll keep an eye out for it.

  6. Sounds like a good film, but as Kyle says, not available through Netflix as yet.

    I love visiting here, Lou and look forward to doing so next year.


  7. Just stopping in to say that I envy your Pohutukawa. Oh, and I'll see if the groovy movie rental place by campus has the flick -- if not, I can maybe convince one of my librarian friends to order it!

  8. Thank you all for stopping by. Have fun, don't be good :-)

    I agree jj and wench that it's a beAUTful tree - the knarly boughs on these make excellent perches in summer for a lie down to catch the breeze off the water. Many of them actually grow out across the water which is even better.

    Speaking of weather, best of luck to any readers affected by the extra bad stuff arrived in east coast US (just saw on late news blizzard conditions worsening), stay warm and dry and off the roads especially Kathryn and PENolan in NYC and Kyle and Stan in NH.


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