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HEAVEN'S HEART

by Simon Staho

synopsis

Lars and Susanna have been happily married for years. They both have interesting jobs that pay well and there are two nice cars parked outside their spacious house. They lead a happy family life. Soon their daughter will leave home, but Susanna and Lars will be able to cope. They’ve got plenty of plans. Susanna’s friends Ann and Ulf lead similar lives. They too have been married for almost twenty years. Financially secure, intelligent and eloquent – the encounters with Ann and Ulf are always a particular pleasure. Over dinner together one evening Susanna begins to talk about one of her colleague’s affairs. Quite unexpectedly, her company gossip prompts fierce reactions on the part of her listeners. The happily married couples begin to argue. Before they know it, they have moved beyond general moralising to talk on a more fundamental, personal level. What do they have after twenty ostensibly happy years of marriage? Things that seemed undisputable during all those years together suddenly don’t mean anything any more.

international title: Heaven's Heart
original title: Himlens hjärta
country: Sweden, Denmark
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Simon Staho
screenplay: Peter Asmussen, Simon Staho
cast: Mikael Persbrandt, Lena Endre, Jakob Eklund, Maria Lundqvist
cinematography by: Anders Bohman
film editing: Janus Billeskov Jansen
art director: Louise Drake af Hagelsrum
costumes designer: Katja Watkins
music: Stefan Nilsson
producer: Jonas Frederiksen, Malte Forssell, Mimmi Spång, Rebecka Lafrenz, Peter Aalbæk Jensen
production: Zentropa International Sweden, Sonet Film AB, XX Film ApS, Film i Väst, Pan Vision AB, SVT
backing: Swedish Film Institute

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main awards/selection

Berlinale 2008 Panorama Special
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