Magazine article Screen International

We Are the Best!

Magazine article Screen International

We Are the Best!

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Dir/scr: Lukas Moodysson. Sweden. 2013. 102mins

A bright, breezy and thoroughly enjoyable story of three teenage punkettes who strain and struggle to life, love and music in Stockholm in the early 1980s, Lukas Moodysson's We Are The Best! Is a real feel-good delight and should have distributors and festivals clamouring to sign it up.

The sweet and moving thing about the film is that it lacks a simplistic cynical edge.

Lack of star names and that it lacks the visceral sense of drama that had defined Moodysson's more recent films may hamper its ability to break into the more clearly defined art house screens, but these three young women are delightfully drawn characters, and real sense of love and affection permeates the film.

Based on the semi-autobiographical graphic novel Never Goodnight (Aldrig gadnatt) by his wife Coco Moodysson, the film is familiar territory (young teens, deemed outsiders at school and at home, coming to terms with what they want from life) - and could so easily be re-made in the US - but handled with a great sense of warmth and will remind Moodysson fans of his earlier films such as Together and Show Me Love.

The sweet and moving thing about the film is that it lacks a simplistic cynical edge, and focuses on three teenage girls helping and supporting each other, and while perhaps aimed more at a younger audience than the usual art house brigade there is a whole lot of fun to had from this punk threesome.

The early part of the film details the deep and warm friendship between Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) - shot boyish hair and glasses - and the ever-smiling Klara (Mira Grosin) - who sports a baby Mohican haircut - who chat constantly about how their parents embarrass them, issues at school (especially gym class) and music.

They manage to snag some time in the youth club music room (much to the annoyance of wannabe heavy metal band Iron Fist), with the more vocal Klara snagging the bass guitar and saying she is the singer, and Bobo on the drums. …

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