ME LOVE (FUCKING AMAL)
Moodysson; cinematographer: Ulf Brantas;
Leszczylowski/ Bernhard Winkler; music: ;
Dahlstrom (Elin), Rebecca Liljeberg (Agnes), Erica
Carlson (Jessica), Mathias Rust (Johan Hult), Stefan
Horberg (Markus), Ralph Carlsson (Agnes' Father Olof ), Maria Hedborg (Agnes' Mother Karin), Axel Widegren (Agnes' little brother Oskar), Jill Ung (Elin's Mother Birgitta), Josefin Nyberg (Viktoria);
Runtime: 89; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Lars Jonsson; Strand Releasing;
1998-Sweden-in Swedish with English
"A charming teen comedy from Sweden."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
A charming teen comedy from
Sweden about the love between two girls, that's
written and directed by the 30-year-old first-timer
Swedish film-maker Lukas Moodysson
("Together"/"Container"/"A Hole in my Heart").
The restless, bored and
volatile 14-year-old Elin (Alexandra Dahlstrom) is a
spitfire who lives with an older teen sister Jessica (Erica Carlson) and single parent mom
pissed that she's stuck living in the backwater small
suburban town of Amal. Also unhappy
living in Amal is the 16-year-old Agnes (Rebecca Liljeberg), who has lived here for a
year and a half and she still has no friends.
Agnes' well-meaning parents
force a house birthday party for the 16-year-old that
she doesn't want, and even though Agnes is a vegetarian mom prepares a
dinner. The only guest who shows up is in a wheelchair
and the rude Agnes openly rejects her when saying to
her face ''I
don't want to be friends with a palsied cripple who
listens to backstreet boys.'' Agnes then retreats to
the safety of her room and whines about being ''ugly, a failure,
repulsive'' and contemplates suicide.
Salvation for Agnes, the
school's least popular girl, and Elin, the school's
most popular girl, comes for both unhappy girls after
Elin kisses Agnes to win a bet with her sister. That
helps Elin realize that she's a lesbian like Agnes and
they courageously defy the yokel locals by beginning
an unlikely romance after they literally both come out
of the closet.
The slight coming-of-age film, reveling in the pains of adolescence and inability of teens to communicate with parents, is told from the POV of a teenager. It lacks depth, but because of its simplistic honesty won over the Swedish public to become a big box office success.
REVIEWED ON 2/2/2012 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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