We Are the Best!

We Are the Best!

Lukas Moodysson (2013)

97min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
It's 1982, and two Stockholm-reared 13-year-old girls, shy bespectacled Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) and more confident Klara (Mira Grosin), refuse to accept that punk is dead. Natural anarchists as only pubescent girls can be, they decide to stir things up by forming a band, blithely undeterred by their inability to play even the three chords that are the proverbial minimum for punk rock. What they do have is passion and attitude to spare. And after recruiting a third member, Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne), a willowy 15-year-old Christian who can actually play guitar, it soon looks like they have the makings of Sweden's first Riot Grrrl outfit. Director Lukas Moodysson cut his teeth on beautifully tuned, semi-improvised studies of misfit young people with Show Me Love and Together before embarking on a string of more tragic and/or challenging films (Lilya 4-Ever, Container). So it's an utter delight have him back in more cheerful, accessible form here. The film has its darker moments - like the spot-on exploration of how resentment and jealousy can fester within the fondest friendship - but you'd have to have a heart of Arctic ice to finish the film not smiling with joy.

Summary

Premiere. Two rebellious teenage girls growing up in 1980s Stockholm discover punk rock, and are inspired to start their own band, despite the mockery of their classmates. They find an unexpected kindred spirit in a born-again Christian girl, who has the musical talent they need. Drama based on Coco Moodysson's graphic novel, starring Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv LeMoyne. In Swedish.

Cast & Crew

Bobo Mira Barkhammar
Klara Mira Grosin
Hedvig Liv LeMoyne
Kenneth Johan Liljemark
Roger Mattias Wiberg
Elis Jonathan Salomonsson
Mackan Alvin Strollo
Bobo's mum Anna Rydgren
Bobo's dad Peter Eriksson
Linus Charlie Falk
Klara's mum Lena Carlsson
Klara's dad David Dencik
Director Lukas Moodysson
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Other Information

Language: Swedish +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: MetrodomeGuidance: Swearing.Available on: DVDReleased on: 18 Apr 2014
Drama