|A refreshing new comedy from Lukas Moodysson.|
Directed by Lukas Moodysson
Produced by Lars Jönsson
Written by Lukas Moodysson (from Coco Moodysson's comic book)
Starring Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv LeMoyne
Moodysson's new comedy follows three teenage girls living in Stockholm in 1982. Bobo (Barkhammar) and Klara (Grosin) are best friends, and they love punk music. It inspires them to form a band, even if they can't play instruments. Booking a free rehearsal studio, they practice the bass and the drums, and write a song expressing their hate of sport. They soon drag schoolmate Hedvig (LeMoyne), an accomplished guitarist, into their group, learning basic chords from her as they hone their musical performance skills. The girls become inseparable, despite some boy problems, and the film culminates with their first gig.
If this - my first Moodysson experience - is any indication, I expect to enjoy more of the director's work in the future. His latest is an inviting, delightful tale of youth and the Swedish punk movement. The film may be small in scope, but its heart is bursting with joy and childhood angst and innocence. Barkhammar, Grosin and LeMoyne are naturals as the energetic young punks. As first-time actors, they're just girls having fun on screen, and it's thoroughly enjoyable to join in. Every year there seems to be one or two films that sneak up on me, and happily this is one such film. A light breath of fresh air, this Swedish coming-of-age tale is one of the year's best offerings.
Oscar Potential: None