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Provocative Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson (Show Me Love, Together) returns with this raucous and ebullient tale of three preteen outcasts who form an all-girl punk band.
With the ebullient and raucous We are the
Best!, Swedish master Lukas Moodysson
returns to the territory he mined in his
first two features, Fucking Åmål and
Together. Set in early 1980s Stockholm,
the film focuses on three girls, Bobo, Klara
and Hedvig — outcasts who are about to
enter their teenage years, and share little
with their classmates. The other girls are
offended by their independence and the
boys just don't like their punk-influenced
style and bravado. They're even less enamoured
of the trio when they start their own
band — that's something only boys should
The adults are even more useless. Bobo's
mother is a serial dater who's into partying
and seldom knows where Bobo is. Klara's
parents are gruesomely happy (when
they're not arguing about ridiculous stuff),
and Hedvig's mom is a devout Christian.
Based on a graphic novel, We are the Best!
is a paean to DIY culture and the need for
revolt. Neglected or taken for granted at
home and school, the girls react by making
themselves unignorable, sporting mohawks
and brush cuts. When they're mocked for
looking different they demand centre stage.
Psychologically accurate and energetic, with
a profound awareness of how kids behave
and what motivates them, We are the Best!
pays tribute to the accidental rebels who
object to the system instinctively as much as
intellectually — and have the courage not to
hide their opposition to it. It's propelled by a
skilled ensemble cast led by the three young
principals, who make everything from fights
over the same boy to your first public spew
utterly poignant and believable.
- Lukas Moodysson
- Lukas Moodysson was born in
Sweden and studied film at the
Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm.
His debut feature, Fucking Åmål
(99), screened at the Festival and
won many international awards,
including the Teddy at the Berlin
International Film Festival. His other
features include Together (00), Lilya
4-ever (02), A Hole in My Heart (04),
Container (06), Mammoth (09), and
We are the Best! (13).