Sixteen-year-old Lilja and her only friend, the young boy Volodja, live in Russia, fantasizing about a better life. One day, Lilja falls in love with Andrej, who is going to Sweden, and invites Lilja to come along and start a new life. Read More »
Stefan Jarl & Lukas Moodysson – Terrorister – en film om dom dömda AKA Terrorists: The Kids They Sentenced (2003)
A feature-length documentary, possibly focusing, at least in part, on the recent anti-globalisation protests in Gothenburg, Sweden and the alleged police misconduct during the protests. The first film to be made by the appeal group ‘Swedish Film Workers for Peace and Freedom in an Independent Palestine’. Read More »
Three girls in 1980s Stockholm decide to form a punk band — despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead. Read More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »