Well-acted film on teenage moods, confusion, adventure with sexual identity. Shot in grainy color it capitalizes on the naturalistic performances of the pupils, exploring also facial expressions of limbo and desperation. It does seem to capture the teenage world really well, avoiding also to underline the age gap with parents but what it does not avoid though is a cliché resolution made worse by lyrics of defiance.
Platitudes can't do justice to the pain endured by many high-school students, but this film does a pretty fine job. It's a naturalistic depiction of daily humiliations and triumphs with Moodysson clearly favoring the ugliness of the dogme 95 school. I found this more harrowing than anything else, and thus the final 3 minute respite didn't quite justify the overriding cringe factor. Essential teen viewing.
Lukas Moodysson is remarkably adept at creating movies with credible, naturalistic representations of teen girls. This is an adorable after school special sort of story but with little of the artifice and a bit more grit.
My first film by Lukas Moodysson was a very good one. Sfter reading about it in My First i: Take Two, I had to check it out for myself. It was a very good film, indeed, about the pressures of love and how things are not always as they seem.