Waltz for Monica

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Waltz for Monica
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Per Fly
Produced byLena Rehnberg
Written byPeter Birro
Music byPeter Nordahl
Cinematography Eric Kress
Edited byÅsa Mossberg
StellaNova Film
Distributed by Svensk Filmindustri
Release date
  • 10 August 2013 (2013-08-10)(Way Out West)
  • 13 September 2013 (2013-09-13)(Sweden)
Running time
111 minutes
  • Swedish
  • English

Waltz for Monica (Swedish : Monica Z) is a Swedish biographical drama film directed by Per Fly. [1] [2] It is based on the true life and career of singer and actress Monica Zetterlund, portrayed by Edda Magnason. The film released theatrically in Sweden on 13 September 2013. [3]

Swedish language North Germanic language spoken in Sweden

Swedish is a North Germanic language spoken natively by 10 million people, predominantly in Sweden, and in parts of Finland, where it has equal legal standing with Finnish. It is largely mutually intelligible with Norwegian and to some extent with Danish, although the degree of mutual intelligibility is largely dependent on the dialect and accent of the speaker. Written Norwegian and Danish are usually more easily understood by Swedish speakers than the spoken languages, due to the differences in tone, accent and intonation. Swedish is a descendant of Old Norse, the common language of the Germanic peoples living in Scandinavia during the Viking Era. It has the most speakers of the North Germanic languages. While being strongly related to its southern neighbour language German in vocabulary; the word order, grammatic system and pronunciation are vastly different.

Biographical film Film genre

A biographical film, or biopic, is a film that dramatizes the life of a non-fictional or historically-based person or people. Such films show the life of a historical person and the central character's real name is used. They differ from films "based on a true story" or "historical drama films" in that they attempt to comprehensively tell a single person's life story or at least the most historically important years of their lives.

Per Fly Danish filmmaker

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Monica makes it from a telephone operator to a national celebrity. But fame and party life take their toll.


Edda Magnason Swedish musician and actor

Edda Karin Hjartardóttir Magnason is a Swedish singer-songwriter, musician and film actress of Icelandic descent. She has released three albums, Edda Magnason (2010), Goods (2011), and Woman Travels Alone (2014). She has also released a soundtrack album, Monica Z - Musiken från filmen (2013). She made her debut as an actress in the film Waltz for Monica, playing the leading role of Monica Zetterlund.

Monica Zetterlund Swedish jazz and schlager singer

Monica Zetterlund was a Swedish singer and actress.

Sverrir Gudnason Swedish actor

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Waltz for Monica received generally positive reviews. In Sweden, Kulturnyheterna at SVT gave it a 4 out of 5 and especially praised Magnason's performance. [4] Svenska Dagbladet also praised Magnason's performance, giving the film a 4 out of 6. [5] Moviezine also liked the film, giving it 4 out of 5. [6] Many newspapers rewarded the film with a 4 out of 5, among them Aftonbladet , [7] Expressen , [8] Göteborgsposten , [9] and Metro . [10] However, the film was criticized by documentary filmmaker Tom Alandh, who wrote an article in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter where he objected to the films negative portrayal of Zetterlund's father. [11]

<i>Svenska Dagbladet</i> Swedish newspaper

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<i>Aftonbladet</i> swedish newspaper

Aftonbladet is a Swedish tabloid newspaper published in Stockholm, Sweden. It is one of the largest daily newspapers in the Nordic countries.

Expressen is one of two nationwide evening newspapers in Sweden, the other being Aftonbladet. Expressen was founded in 1944; its symbol is a wasp and its slogans are "it stings" or "Expressen to your rescue".

Waltz for Monica received 11 Guldbagge Award nominations.


A soundtrack album was released on the film by Universal Music charting in various Scandinavian charts, notably Sweden, Finland and Denmark.

Track listing

  1. "Sakta vi gå genom stan"
  2. "Hit The Road Jack"
  3. "Monica's vals"
  4. "O vad en liten gumma kan gno"
  5. "En gång i Stockholm"
  6. "It Could Happen to You"
  7. "Gröna små äpplen"
  8. "Trubbel"
  9. "Du"
  10. "Bedårande sommarvals"
  11. "I Can't Give You Anything But Love"
  12. "I New York"
  13. "Monica Z – Svit ur filmen"


Chart (2014)Peak
Danish Albums (Hitlisten) [12] 29
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista) [13] 50
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) [14] 3

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  6. Det svänger ordentligt (in Swedish). Moviezine.se.
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  8. Edda Magnason imponerar som Monica Zetterlund (in Swedish). Expressen 27 Augusti 2013.
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  11. En hygglig människa har svärtats (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. 16 September 2013.
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