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Once in a Lifetime (2000)

Livet är en schlager (original title)
Mona Bergström is a sweet euro-vision-obsessed woman in her 30's. She is married to a lazy husband and have 4 children, all named after her favorite Swedish euro-vision pop stars. Her ... See full summary »

Director:

Susanne Bier

Writer:

Jonas Gardell
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Helena Bergström ... Mona
Jonas Karlsson ... David
Thomas Hanzon ... Bosse
Björn Kjellman ... Candy Darling
Johan Ulveson ... Producer
Regina Lund ... Sabina
Lisa Olsen Lisa Olsen ... Kikki
Jessica Andersson Jessica Andersson ... Carola
Amanda Rasmuson Amanda Rasmuson ... Lena Ph
Sandra Kassman Sandra Kassman ... Anna Book
Katarina Ewerlöf ... Studio Hostess
Sissela Kyle ... Employment Agency Worker
Leif Andrée ... Man in the Subway Speaking with Mona
Ia Langhammer ... Waitress
Jessica Zandén Jessica Zandén ... Mother at Cafeteria
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Mona Bergström is a sweet euro-vision-obsessed woman in her 30's. She is married to a lazy husband and have 4 children, all named after her favorite Swedish euro-vision pop stars. Her brother is a cross-dressing guy self-titled "Candy Darling". Mona works on a retirement home for disabled people, where she is responsible for taking care of a young man named David who suffers a movement restricting disease forcing him into a wheelchair. Davids parents has abandoned him as they wanted a normal child. Mona holds a big place in Davids heart, and vice versa. Davids goal is to get his parents to come and visit him, and he wants to show them that he is a great person, despite his handicap. Therefore he works with music on his computer, and his goal is to create a song, send it to "The Cardigans", a famous Swedish band and have them play the song and credit him, hoping his parents would spot it and want to visit him. Written by Opera_of_Death

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Trivia

Carola Häggkvist, Lena Philipsson, Jean-Pierre Barda and other celebrities all appear as themselves. See more »

Quotes

Producer: [anxiously] When is she coming back?
Bosse: You think I know?
Producer: [later on, furiously] This is gonna cost her a contract and she's gonna pay me big money for it!
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Connections

References Candid Camera (1948) See more »

Soundtracks

Right Here, Right Now
Written by Jörgen Elofsson & Kaya
Performed by Tine Bjerregaard
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Lovely Swedish film!
21 February 2003 | by djnate77See all my reviews

After having lived in Sweden for half a year, I truly appreciated this look into modern Swedish living. Schlager is to the Swedish what the ocean is to lemmings. They are all drawn to it instinctively.

A full-time nurse with three kids and an unemployed husband gets her lucky break and breaks through as a Swedish superstar.

A lot of laughs and frustration. Good acting, nice photography and above all a compelling story. 9/10.


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Country:

Sweden | Denmark

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

10 November 2000 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Hånden på hjertet See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$108,557
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Nordisk Film, SVT Drama See more »
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Color
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