Unlike the first part, “Mamma Mia! Here we go again ”was not shot in Greece. Much of the film was shot in a neighboring country, and more precisely on an island steeped in history.
Mamma Mia! Here we go again : the continuation of a great success
ABBA is, undoubtedly, one of the groups that marked Eurovision. Indeed, winner of the famous competition in 1974 thanks to the song Waterloo, the clan composed of Agnetha Fältskog, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Anni-Frid Lyngstad subsequently enjoyed immense success during the disco period of the 70s. And this, thanks to titles such as Money, Money, Money, Dancing Queen, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! and of course… Mamma mia ! Despite their separation in 1982, the group has always retained an incredible aura with their fans. So in 1999 Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus created a musical juke box, focusing mainly on the group’s famous hits. Mamma Mia! is thus born, having gathered since its creation more than 65 million spectators and bringing in more than four billion dollars.
In 2008, a film adaptation was released in major theaters. With a cast including Amanda Seyfried, Meryl Streep, Pierce Brosnan, Colin Firth and Stellan Skarsgård, the film keeps the same plot as the musical. Namely, the story of Sophie Sheridan who wants her father to accompany her to the altar on her wedding day. However, she does not know which of her mother’s three former lovers is her real father. The feature film will be a great commercial success with $ 609.8 million.
However, it will take ten years before a second part comes out. If the majority of the main cast are back, Mamma Mia! Here we go again sees the addition of two important actresses with Lily James and Cher. This sequel follows Sophie again, five years after the events of the first film. Totally lost since the death of her mother Donna, she will try to find comfort with the friends of her mother who tell her the story of the latter.
New movie, new island
In Mamma Mia!, the story took place on the Greek island of Kalokairi. In reality, most of the outdoor scenes were filmed on the islands of Skiathos and Skópelos. Two places where the success of the feature film has since made them a real tourist nest.
Yes Mamma Mia! Here we go again takes place again in Kalokairi, the shooting location has however changed. Goodbye Greece and hello Croatia. Indeed, this suite is largely shot on the island of Vis, located on the Adriatic Sea. Covering an area of 90.3 km² (17 km long by 8 km wide), this island is much less known than its neighbors Korcula and Hvar. This is undoubtedly due to its heavy historical past.
Between 1950 and 1989, the island of Vis was closed to the public because it belonged to the former Yugoslavia, which used it as a military fortress. Deprived of its links with the rest of the world and totally in autarky, its inhabitants therefore lived through a very difficult period. Fortunately, the independence of Croatia was declared in 1989, which allowed a lifting of this ban, and now a greater reception for foreign tourists … as well as for Hollywood productions such as Mamma Mia! Here we go again.