As It Is in Heaven (DVD)

This is an utterly charming Swedish movie, romantic, funny, warm and in some ways an ode to love and art. As It is in Heaven was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the 2005 Academy Awards®.

As it is in HeavenIt tells the story of Daniel Dareus, a successful international conductor who returns to his childhood village in Sweden. Soon thereafter, the local church choir seeks him out to solicit his advice. He can't refuse, and from that point on nothing in the village will ever be the same again. As the amateur choir develops and grows, he is drawn to the people of his old hometown, makes friends and even finds love.

As it is in Heaven DVDThis beautiful and engaging film is currently one of my all time favorites, As It Is In Heaven is a wonderful story about life and love that is sure to inspire and delight. It stars Michael Nyqvist, of the Millennium trilogy movies, who plays excellently in this movie as well; perhaps this is his best performance ever - it truly is stunning. This quiet movie simply is beautiful, touching, and has an important message as well. A nice movie to view, and quite comparable to other excellent Scandinavian movies like My Life as a Dog and Babettes Feast.

This is a film of that special kind that digs beneath the surface of human experience, and it also demonstrates a sincere belief in the good of people and liberating power of art. It is a story of a group of individuals learning to listen to one another and harmonize, and about release of judgment and fears. Very entertaining, very authentic and in some ways quite profound - a movie that makes you feel, and one you will continue to carry with you when it is over.

It is in Swedish with English subtitles.

Product Details (US Edition)

  • Actors: Michael Nyqvist, Frida Hallgren
  • Directors: Kay Pollak
  • Format: Color, DVD, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Swedish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: KINO INTERNATIONAL
  • DVD Release Date: February 2, 2010
  • Run Time: 132 minutes

My Life as a Dog (DVD)

The story in My Life as a Dog is set in the late 1950s. My Life as a Dog (DVD)The main character Ingemar (Anton Glanzelius), is a boy who lives with his older brother and his mother, who - unknown to Ingemar - has cancer. Ingemar loves dogs. He is tormented daily by his older brother (Manfred Serner). But there must be worse things in life, and Ingemar does not hesitate to obsess over them: people meeting freak accidents, for one, and Laika, the doomed Soviet space dog, for another. One day, Ingemar and his brother are separated for the sake of their ill mother.

Ingemar is sent with his lighthearted, sweet Gunnar (Tomas von Bromssen) and his Aunt Ulla, who lives in a small town. My Life as a DogThere, a new world opens up for Ingemar. He will bump into curious people, like an old man who has a particular obsession with lingerie ads, glass workers in a workshop or a pretty girl, who in order to play in a soccer team, she pretends to be a boy disguising herself. The interactions with all these eccenttric and wonderful people give him the strength he'll need when things at home get even worse.

This critically acclaimed film from director Lasse Hallstrom, is sensitive, tragic, and even so very funny. It's a very unique, heartwarming story with rich and engaging characters and some truly unforgettable scenes that makes a deep impression. I love this movie - I have seen it several times. This intelligent and moving story is almost on the top of my list of all time favorites! I am confident you will love it too!

My Life as a Dog was nominated for two Oscar's and have won a number of international awards.

Oh - and I also recommend viewing the movie in Swedish rather than the badly dubbed English version!

Product Details (US Edition)

  • Actors: Anton Glanzelius, Stig Engström, Anita Ekström, Göran Stangertz, Lena Lindgren
  • Directors: Lasse Hallström
  • Writers: Lasse Hallström, Brasse Brännström, Per Berglund, Reidar Jönsson
  • Producers: Waldemar Bergendahl
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Swedish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: March 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 101 minutes

Everlasting Moments (DVD)

This is a story of woman and Everlasting Moments (DVD)her family in Sweden in the early years of the 20th century. It is an understated, seemingly quiet but emotionally powerful film that begins in 1907 in the Swedish city Malmo. There Maria Larsson (Maria Heiskanen) struggles to raise her four children with little help from her boozing, womanizing husband Sigfrid (Mikael Persbrandt). Then one day, almost by accident, she rediscovers a camera that she'd won years ago, in a lottery. She takes it up, and discovers that she has a special talent for seeing and capturing. Through its lens she reinvents her confined, unhappy world as a place of warmth, hope, and spiritual transcendence. She also begins a furtive, yearning romance with an older photographer who furnishes her with supplies from his studio and mentors her as a photographer.

Everlasting Moments features stunning images: A streetcar looming out of a wall of fog; the shadow of a zeppelin gliding across a courtyard; a family bouncing around a bedroom, all wearing Charlie Chaplin mustaches. It is full of life; both the good and the not so good. There is joy but also sadness; tenderness and warmth along with brutality and cruelty.

Everlasting Moments
Mikael Persbrandt, Maria Heiskanen, and Jan Troell

Everlasting Moments covers decades of Maria's life. It captures her character, her life, and the time period – an era of emerging labor organi­zation, social unrest, war, and social trans­form­ation. It is very authentic and quite moving.

Swedish writer/director Jan Troell has won dozens of film awards around the world, even though he is little-known in the U.S. Jan Troell (Emigrants, The New Land) is known, among other things, for stunning and gorgeous cinematography, and excellent use of lighting and color. It is filled with indelible, everlasting moments and images. I liked it a lot. This movie also has excellent performances, and it tells an interesting, engaging, vivid and at times heartbreaking story in a quietly beautiful way with some scenes you probably will never ever forget.

Product Details (US version)

  • Actors: Maria Heiskanen, Mikael Persbrandt, Jesper Christensen
  • Directors: Jan Troell
  • Format: Color, DVD, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Swedis
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
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