As in Heaven

Year: 2004
Production Co: Sonet Film AB
Director: Kay Pollack
Writer: Kay Pollack
Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Frida Hallgren
Like all the best ideas, the simplest. A love story, a coming home story, a finding yourself story. They're all universals and they work without flashy graphics or effects or even the best performances.

Famous and passionate orchestra conductor Daniel (Nyqvist) collapses on stage, his heart finally giving out at the pressure and stress. He gives it all up and returns to the childhood of his village to recuperate a recluse and emotional misfit, unable to connect with anybody.

Gradually he gets to know the townspeople and their foibles and arranges to lead the church choir, an ramshackle a band of disparate souls as there ever was in a film.

Predictably but no less sweetly for it, everyone gets under his skin, and he gets under theirs as he brings his expertise to the task and makes them a great choir but learns to loves them all and help them love themselves as well.

It deals - somewhat unsubtly at times - with themes ranging from domestic violence to the hypocrisies of Christianity, but it's so earnest and so beautiful you can't help but love it.

Despite having some bleak subject matter and an ending you'll find as heartbreaking as it is joyous, you'd have to be dead not to be affected by the simple beauty of people touching each other.

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