A refreshing Swedish film from 1998, an European answer to American Pie… It was brilliant. This will be a short post about a teen movie. They were kids, they were disoriented, they were crazy but that was normal at their age. It’s not normal to think it’s funny to mug a retired person, but it was just a figure, a stylish one, nothing more.
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It is a 7.7 imdb rated movie. It won some awards, especially in Europe: Best Foreign Feature Film (Amanda Awards, Norway – 1999), Best International Feature (Atlantic Film Festival – 1999), Best Feature Film (Berlin International Film Festival – 1999), and more.
The story is simple. Agnes (Rebecka Liljeberg) loves Elin (Alexandra Dahlström). She dreams of Elin. Elin has a sister, Jessica (Erica Carlson), an egoist ugly teen, with a macho prick as a boyfriend, which whom she fornicates with no satisfaction, but trendy. You’ll see in the movie, which by the way, is remarkably decent, the actors themselves being underage. Jessica throws Elin in a relationship with her boyfriend’s pal, a good looking bland guy with a motorbike and a pea brain. Jessica likes him too. She has a pea brain. Her macho boyfriend doesn’t seem to have one. He has a slim mobile phone instead.
Elin was popular already, as a sort of a beautiful very easy going slut. She didn’t care too much, she was a virgin until she went out with the motorbike guy (Mathias Rust). This is a cliche used almost twelve years before it was used in Easy A. Anyway, it happened after she had an encounter with Agnes, encounter who came as an unplanned gift for Agnes’ sixteenth birthday. Elin liked Agnes and later felt ashamed.
It’s not a LGBT movie. If it is, it was made with candor and it’s not plucking your eyes out with free consciousness and sex liberation. The character’s background has a role as well in their behavior. All actors are extremely talented and natural. It is a simple movie discussing teenage sex without making it gross. It deserved more acclaims. People acclaimed Reservoir Dogs. It’s a matter of tastes before promotion. Even promoted, a bad movie can only recover the investment, it remains a bad movie after that. It is true with a good one, a good movie is good even if it’s not promoted. With a small budget, a talent can create a psychological marvel. The rest is history.
Show Me Love, released in 1998;
7.7 imdb rate, out of 10;
directed and written by Lukas Moodysson.
Up here is the official trailer, cheesy and boring. The movie is way better. They had no words to describe it. Is it a comedy? I doubt it.
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