I laugh and cry and get disgusted and happy and in love! Granted, the topic of cults has been mined for material by countless filmmakers. It is about things everybody encounters in life. Spread some joy and make the world a better place as long as you get out and commune with your fellow man. There were a few things that bothered me, but hey, no movie is perfect. Perhaps these holes are functions of the editing, like several inconsistencies and continuity glitches that can be spotted, such as Siv's unexplained reappearance in the choir twice after moralistic outbursts.
It contains plenty of ammunition for cynical critics, continuity error-spotters and for saccharine-debunkers, yet manages to depict the colours of life in a small community evocatively. My eyes became wet in these two scenes. He does a remarkable job!! I have been a movie goer for 60 years. I believe I would credit the power of music combined with the point of view of the person writing the movie. You will find yourself in awe. This is one of the best films I have ever seen after six decades upon this earth. Ostracised by some for her relationship and saddled with a past, Lena decides to help drunk priest Stig to get more into his church as well as settling some old scores by showing she can put on a version of Handel's Messiah for a grand re-opening.
Arne Lennart Jähkel annoys just about everyone in the choir with his comments on tiny mistakes. It shows that there is no need to go into every little detail behind every action to bring out the whole theme clear and bright, and that shows the brilliance of the director! I originally rented it from Netflix, watched it, then viewed it again the next day something I almost never do to see if my initial emotional reaction was the same it was. Stemming from this strange side by side comparison of religion and violence, the idea of hypocrisy is shown through the entire film. Someone once said that if every person in the world sang in a choir there would be no more wars. Daniel staggers into the restroom, unsure of how to handle the situation, then stumbles and hits his head on the pipe below a sink, causing him to bleed severely.
The music plays an important role in the film. It's a stuttering way to carry out the drama and ironically for a film about a community choir, a one note story throughout that drags the 130 minute run time to a halt. Gabriella finds some security from her abusive husband Conny. There are those among the flock who have their doubts -- most notably Eamon Luke Beavers , the son of the group's former leader -- but the big question becomes whether anyone has the will to question him. Definitely deserved the Oscar Nomination because of the profound themes of the film reflected without pretension in a small-town community with everyday people. The ending is what you make of it, I guess, but it's not spoiling it to say Daniel achieves what he set out to do. He tells his fellow converts that the world will end after 30 days, and that they must let their faith sustain them.
He wants only to be left alone, but this story depicts how he reclaims some of his lost childhood. We know how these things work, everything comes together at the end. This tired portrait of the repressed and hypocritical clergyman does nothing for the film, nor adds any interesting conflict or complexity. Get a grip folks, it's a parable, a fable for we affluent westerners who are materially rich but whose souls are in abject poverty. Daniel buys the old in the village, and soon after is asked to come along one Thursday night and listen to the local. So isn't it a pity that we spend so much time hiding behind walls separating us from other people because we're so afraid of being hurt? The casting and the actors' skill present very believable characters. This film, recently voted as an audience favorite at the 2005 Palm Springs International Film Festival, is inspiring and moving.
To a cynical movie critic, these characters seem very predictable and stereotypical. The actors are outstanding, Michael Nyqvist we know before but Frida Hallgren was an new, and charming acquaintances to me. No, it really was that great. These antagonists are met, not with violence in return, but with grace. Bonnie Bailey-Reed is a totally believable Jane, who had to follow her husband into the commune because all her babies died.
Towards the beginning of the film, it is shown how Daniel lives and breathes his music, which is the love of his life. Daniel's outstanding performance was complemented by Lena and the other choir members. This unspoken doubt plagues Eamon in particular, especially once fellow cultist Deb is forced to feed her infant child behind David's back. He lies helplessly on the tile, blood gushing from his head, listening to the choir harmonising over the loudspeakers. Instead it came halfway through, and it did not bring any solutions. As It Is In Heaven plays at The Manship Theatre on February 5 at 7 p. Advertisement After the death of cult leader Edward John Lina , David leads a small group of unidentified fanatics in a month-long fast.
Shortly after their meeting, the church choir asks if he will listen to them sing and give them some pointers. I am also against violence but the character loses credibility when he stays unmoved despite all the attacks. It also manages to be inspiring and thought-provoking without preaching or manipulating. You will think about this film long after you've watched it. Hearfelt thanks to Kay Pollak and the wonderful cast for this superb treat!! But there's a lot to be said for a film that invites you into a community of outsiders, and makes their struggles real, without turning them into scapegoats or monsters. You cry, you laugh, you hate and you identify.
His one goal in life is to create music that opens people's hearts. So join a choir or a band or help build housing or distribute food for those less fortunate than you. This must be one of the most philosophical jewels of cinematic mastery. Perhaps the unexplained photograph of a young boy, a lost son perhaps, glimpsed once over his shoulder, holds the secret. Oddly, it apparently never was released in the U. The story is presented in a series of vignettes, I don't see how it could have been otherwise. Daniel tells him that he is only there to listen.
He sparingly films characters' faces in extreme close-ups because he wants to present characters' inner lives through their surrounding environment. It is worth watching for Gabriella's Song alone which is a testament to life. By the end I was captivated and moved. The sexes were segregated, practicing celibacy, pacifism and a community of goods. I was rapt for the whole two hours. My wife and I saw this film first in a Cape Town theater as far as I know, it was not available in the United States - we sat in silence with an audience through the end of the credits, when we all broke out in applause.