It’s a grim tale, the one that inspired Lukas Moodysson to write and direct Lilya 4-Ever. In 2000, Swedish media reported about the death of Danguolé Rasalaité, a 16-year-old girl from Lithuania, who had been promised work in the Swedish city of Malmö and went there with help from a male friend. Once in Sweden, … Continue reading Lilya 4-Ever: Girl for Sale
Everybody who grew up in the 1970s have their memories of what that was like, and in Sweden we’ve all had to relate to the fact that leftwing movements had a cultural impact on society. At the same time, there’s no reason to exaggerate that impact; my (fairly conservative) family is an example of how … Continue reading Together: The Cost of Free Love
TWO GIRLS. ONE LOVE. The Russian artist Lena Katina once said in an interview that her controversial pop duo t.A.T.u. was originally inspired by this film. She and her fellow teenage performer Julia Volkova posed as lesbians, which caused quite a stir in a country that is hopelessly socially conservative. When t.A.T.u. fans learned that … Continue reading Show Me Love: Ending Boredom
Stockholm, 1982; two 13-year-old girls (Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin), who have remained loyal to punk rock even though everybody keeps saying it’s dead, form a band… but realize they need someone who can actually play an instrument. Adapting his wife’s graphic novel, Lukas Moodysson has made a pleasant companion piece to Show Me Love (1998) … Continue reading We Are the Best!
After the thoroughly unwatchable A Hole in My Heart (2004) and Container (2006), Lukas Moodysson recovered with a bigger-budgeted but more conventional drama that follows an affluent couple in New York (Gael García Bernal, Michelle Williams), their nanny (Marife Necesito) and her children that have been left with relatives in the Philippines. While on a … Continue reading Mammoth
It begins with images in grainy black-and-white featuring an obese transsexual and a young woman. Their dull actions are accompanied by a woman’s whispering voice; sometimes the words reveal her as the girl inside the man, sometimes as a famous movie star, at other times as other characters. Topics like Paris Hilton and Chernobyl are … Continue reading Container
Rickard (Thorsten Flinck), a film director, starts shooting a hardcore porn movie in his apartment; meantime, his son (Björn Almroth) tries to block out the noises in his room. Lukas Moodysson continues to explore some of the themes from Lilya 4-Ever (2002), but in a freakish, revolting way that takes turns being laughable (Flinck in … Continue reading A Hole in My Heart