Lukas Moodysson

Lukas Moodysson – Vi är bäst! AKA We Are the Best! (2013)


Stockholm 1982. A film about Bobo, Klara and Hedvig. Three 13-year old girls who roam the streets. Who are brave and tough and strong and weak and confused and weird. Who have to take care of themselves way too early. Who heat fish fingers in the toaster when mom is at the pub. Who start a punk band without any instruments, even though everybody says that punk is dead. ~ trustnordisk
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Lukas Moodysson – Container (2006)


Lukas Moodysson has never been one to take the easy route when something more awkward, more experimental and more challenging is the alternative. Container is no exception. Voiced by Jena Malone’s stream of consciousness narrative, the film examines an overweight Swedish man and a slim woman who could be the embodiment of his inner female. There’s a hypnotic quality to Container that intrigues; the combination of the monotonously spoken narrative with visuals as grainy as often as they’re surreal is one that forces the viewer into an opinion. First impressions are of trying to get a hold as to what’s going on before tedium sets in. But often, just as the repetition proves to be a bore, an interesting image or a snippet of dialogue reignites interest. So does Container represent Moodysson trying to move away from the comparative mainstream or is it an experiment? Read More »

Lukas Moodysson – Lilja 4-ever (2002)


Lilja 4-ever is a 2002 drama film. It is director Lukas Moodysson’s third feature film which marks a sharp change of mood from his previous two films, the uplifting love story Show Me Love and Together, set in the 1970s. Lilja 4-ever is an unremittingly brutal and realistic story of the downward spiral of Lilja, played by Oksana Akinshina, a girl in the former Soviet Union whose mother abandons her to move to the United States. The story is loosely based on a true case and examines the issue of human trafficking and sexual slavery.

The film received positive reviews both in Sweden and abroad. It won five Guldbagge Awards including Best Film, and was nominated for Best Film and Best Actress at the European Film Awards. Read More »

Lukas Moodysson – Mammoth (2009)


Aptly named, Mammoth is an elephantine dud from a director who has plenty to say about the state of the world – and not a whit of new insight to offer nor artistic invention to express it. Sweden’s Lukas Moodysson weighs in with a pedantic and patronizing lesson about globalization, ecology and how it’s ultimately the kids that suffer. Read More »

Lukas Moodysson – Ett hål i mitt hjärta aka A hole In My Heart (2004)


A Hole in My Heart (Swedish: Ett hål i mitt hjärta) is a 2004 Swedish drama film written and directed by Lukas Moodysson, starring Thorsten Flinck, Sanna Bråding, Björn Almroth and Goran Marjanovic. The story revolves around a man who makes a pornographic film in his apartment with a friend and an attention-seeking starlet, while his teenage son stays in his room and listens to industrial rock.

The film is notable for its explicit imagery, including close-ups of vaginal reconstruction surgery, an anal sex scene without the use of lubrication, a masturbation scene with a toothbrush, and an extended scene about the woman’s “smelly vagina”. Moodysson leaves the interpretation of the film to the viewer: “I have cooked you a delicious meal, but I’m not going to chew it for you.” Read More »

Lukas Moodysson – Fucking Åmål (1998)


Teenage angst was never this heartwarming., 13 October 2004
Author: el-p from The North East, England

Having just recently seen director Lukas Moodysson’s teen prostitution exposé, Lilja 4-ever, I was expecting a similarly bleak film in Fucking Åmål. Not so. This is the story of two teenage girls who find each other, against peer and family pressure, and their own insecurities.

It is the differences between the two girls that initially make their relationship so touching. Agnes is a loner, with only a girl in a wheelchair for a friend, who she soon insults and alienates. Before she meets Erin, we rarely see her without tears in her eyes. On the surface, Erin couldn’t be more different. She can pick and choose boyfriends and has dozens of friends. However, she is disillusioned with this life. She fights constantly with her sister, has falsely been given a reputation as a slut by those in her school, and, unlike Agnes, does not have a stable family. So, when she discovers that Erin is a lesbian, she is intrigued, if a little insensitive at first.

The bulk of the narrative concerns Erin’s attempts at coping with her homosexuality, but Moodysson also provides us with a snapshot of smalltown teenage ennui. The teens have nothing better to do than to sit around, waiting for night to come so they can get drunk, and/or have sex. This obviously leaves a lot of time for petty insults and peer pressure to build, which is the dominant them of the film, or rather, accepting difference, and not caving in to peer pressure. Read More »