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.
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.
I can't rave enough about this film. The realism of teenagers, especially those coming to grasps with their own sexuality, with all of their angst, was captured perfectly. I wish the film wasn't as pushed into a corner as it is compared to the rest of the more popular coming-of-age films, because it really does manifest teenage confusion.
This movie reminded me of my early teens so much. Specially the clothing and the haircuts. I even knew a girl who looked like Agnes who may have been my first girl crush. Who knows? Johan also reminds me of my first proper boyfriend, really looks like him! Really great film. One of my new favourite films I think.