Sunday, February 7, 2010

As It Is in Heaven (Så som i himmelen) (2004)

Director: Kay Pollak. Cast: Michael Nyqvist, Frida Hallgren, Helen Sjöholm. 132 min. Sweden. Drama.

This foreign-language Oscar nominee may initially remind of Mr. Holland's Opus, but eventually offers the metaphors of Chocolat (there it was chocolate, here it's music). Music proves its power by releasing inhibitions, facilitating the characters to suddenly realize how they've been imprisoned (and even tortured) on a daily basis, without even knowing it. Works like freedom of speech. Always lovely to watch people break free of their confines.

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