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Post by Guest » Sun Oct 28, 2007 9:32 am

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I watched 'Lilja 4-Ever' and 'Together' last night

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I thought they were both terrific, 'Lilja' was so beautiful but hurty- it reminded me superficially of a few other films I've seen recently ('nobody knows'; 'london to brighton'; 'the last resort') but I had no idea the way the film would turn (well, some idea, given the structure of the film)- I thought the actors who played lilja and volodya were exceptional, I was so moved by it

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such a bruising film, it will stay with me always, I think

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'Together' which fortunately I watched after was very funny and ultimately uplifting, there was a warmth to it but it didn't cosy up things in regards to the relationships of the characters

there are excellent performances from the child members of the cast and, indeed, the adults- I didn't grow up in a hippy commune in sweden in the mid-seventies (no, I really didn't) but there seems a lot of truth to these characters and the shifting relationships of the group

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the ending is sublime, moodysson must be a genius filmmaker because I actually felt moved (and in a good way) by the music of abba too

two very different but very naturalistic films

I have 'Show Me Love (Fucking Amal)' to watch next

definitely a filmmaker I'll be adding to my list of 'devote your life to...' type people and things

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Post by crystalball » Sun Oct 28, 2007 9:58 am

I flippin' love both those films. Although I am dead hard, I couldn't stop crying at the end of them, for different reasons. Well, the ones you describe really, Andy. Given its subject matter, Lilya could have easily been a voyeristic, almost triumphant film of 'us and them' but because, like you said, Moodyson is a genius, it's one of the most devastating films in existence.

Don't even get me started on Together. He makes a true masterpiece of what would, in the hands of most directors, be a soppy, sentimentalist nostalgiafest.

A Hole in My Heart is very good too but I found it a bit more self-conscious than the other ones, like he couldn't quite handle the harshness of it all. Well worth watching though.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Sun Oct 28, 2007 12:07 pm

I bloody love them as well. I've got a Lukas Moodysson dvd box set that I got for birthday/christmas a year or two ago, and whenever I'm a bit down and sitting in on my own, I get Together out and sit and watch it and it always leaves me smiling and feeling better about the world. It is truly the most uplifting film in the world. I love the realism of it and, like Linus says, the fact that they don't cosy things up about the characters.

I absolutely loved Lilya 4 Ever as well, but it's been a while since I've seen it. Perhaps I'll revisit that tonight, actually. Show Me Love is also absolutely brilliant.

I have to disagree on Hole in my Heart, though. I absolutely hated it. Maybe it deserves to be given another shot, maybe I just watched it at the wrong time, or in the wrong frame of mind or something. I feel like I should like it, because everything else of his that I've seen has been pretty much perfect, but I just hated it.

Apparently he has a new film in production at the moment, which has Gael García Bernal in it.

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Post by schlump » Sun Oct 28, 2007 4:39 pm

I have to disagree on Hole in my Heart, though. I absolutely hated it. Maybe it deserves to be given another shot, maybe I just watched it at the wrong time, or in the wrong frame of mind or something.
i'm with you on this one, i thought it was really, excessively, gratuitously horrific. i don't think films should have to have a trite ending that ties thing up, or anything; that lilya 4-eva isn't redeemed doesn't mean it's not great, but a hole in my heart just seemed gratuitous. some of lars von trier's films have that whole female-tragedy-montage thing about them, but are simultaneously really rewarding, affecting pictures.

didn't he have another film out, since a hole in my heart? i remember hearing that one was showing at the london film festival, i think, a return to slightly less draining plotlines.

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Post by lynsosaurus » Sun Oct 28, 2007 5:58 pm

IMDB lists one called Container, from 2006, but I have no idea what it's about, and I hadn't heard about it until I just looked it up on there.

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Post by Anonymous » Sun Oct 28, 2007 6:17 pm

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there's some excerpts on youtube

but I couldn't link them

well I could link the url's but it's all too much for me what with the clocks changing

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Post by islandhopper » Tue Apr 29, 2008 12:57 am

I watched Show Me Love tonight and thoroughly enjoyed it. I thought it was very well observed in terms of teenage life and beautifully sweet. The 2 leads were extremely good and the fact they were pretty much the age they were meant to be playing probably helped.

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It was probably quite lucky they were so good though since some of the other younger performances weren't quite so great.

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Post by wrapyrtroubles » Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:01 am

Aw! Show Me Love! Really good film. Films about the trials and tribulations of teenage girls always seem to strike a chord with me as my teens were really quite horrendous. Hopefully I'll get over it someday and then I can be captivated by some other filmic theme. Water Lillies/ Naissance des Pieuvres which came out recently is pretty good on that subject, reminded me a little of Catherine Breillat, whose A Ma Souer! is like a horror story version of teen girlhood. Anyone know of anything else in this vein?

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Post by Paquito » Tue Apr 29, 2008 10:10 am

If you liked Show Me Love then I guess My Summer Of Love could be up your street -

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And it has the always great Paddy Considine in it. It's a lovely little film.

I bought the 4 disc Moodysson box set a while back so need to revisit these films quite soon. The bit with the Foreigner song in Show Me Love is utterly perfect, not something you could say about Foreigner songs!
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Re: Lukas Moodysson

Post by linus » Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:43 pm

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We went to see 'We Are The Best' ('Vi Ar Bast!') today and I loved it and I'd urge anyone and everyone go see it, as a punk rock movie it's utterly gleeful and joyous (how many 'punk' movies have you seen where the whole thing looks like a gateway to drugs and misery? too many, right? not this one) and is a film for anyone who was, is or remains a disaffected urgent youth who just wants to sincerely do their own thing.

go. see. this.

The trailer beforehand was 'The Punk Singer', which seemed somehow appropriate.

I didn't want this movie to end. I hope to see it many, many times again. I don't want to say too much about it because all I knew beforehand was the basic premise and there's so much greatness and goodness within I don't want to spoil it for anyone in advance, it's just killer funny and these girls rule, go see it. Seriously there's so much in it that rings true, that reminds you why, the big 'why', it's all here, it'll confirm why you still do, why this has to abide.

I hope the comicbook it's adapted from (by Coco Moodysson, titled 'Never Goodnight') gets a translation/UK release fast. For anyone who's ever dug a Love and Rockets comic and specifically the Maggie and Hopey stories this film has all that energy, heart and nosebleed punk uppityness of their Locas stories but a few years younger. There's also a moment in the snow that's pure Peanuts and Charlie Brown.

Don't miss this... seriously.


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Re: Lukas Moodysson

Post by everard » Fri Apr 18, 2014 9:40 pm

going to see this over the weekend -- really excited about it.

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Post by Cloudy Cat » Sun Apr 20, 2014 6:43 am

The wife suggested seeing his new film after we saw a trailer before we saw How We Used To Live which is a St.Etienne "production".

I think we might see it tomorrow. This is quite a moment in our cinema-going history as I very rarely coerce her to see any films unless they're some oddity unearthed by the BFI.

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Re: Lukas Moodysson

Post by crystalball » Tue Apr 22, 2014 9:22 am

I might just throw a sickie one afternoon this week to go and see it. Yeah.

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Post by everard » Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:36 pm

it was really great. going to re-work my way through the box set next, and i totally missed out on container and mammoth so i'll be ordering those.

got their song stuck in my head as a vaselines mashup, and keep singing "hate the sport, hate the sport, miaow, hate the sport" to myself.

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Post by crystalball » Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:21 am

We Are the Best! was like a ray of sunshine.

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Re: Lukas Moodysson

Post by crystalball » Tue May 20, 2014 2:17 pm

Today I had to choose a kiss scene from a film for a thing at work and this hit me again with the force of a million bits of glitter:


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