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Show Me Love
     

Show Me Love

5.0 4
Director: Lukas Moodysson, Alexandra Dahlström, Rebecca Liljeberg, Erica Carlson

Cast: Lukas Moodysson, Alexandra Dahlström, Rebecca Liljeberg, Erica Carlson

 
Though they're smash hits back home in Sweden, writer/director Lukas Moodysson's wry, bittersweet human comedies struggle to find audiences in the States. So it's little surprise that the director's first film, the much-acclaimed coming-of-age tale Show Me Love (originally titled Fucking Åmål), comes to DVD in a stripped-down, bare-bones package that

Overview

Though they're smash hits back home in Sweden, writer/director Lukas Moodysson's wry, bittersweet human comedies struggle to find audiences in the States. So it's little surprise that the director's first film, the much-acclaimed coming-of-age tale Show Me Love (originally titled Fucking Åmål), comes to DVD in a stripped-down, bare-bones package that offers nothing in the way of extras -- save for a theatrical trailer and a handful of previews for other Strand Releasing films. That said, the film gets a crisp, letterboxed transfer that does a good job of showcasing Moodyson's grainy, gritty shooting style and his fondness for light and dark contrasts between scenes. The Dolby 2.0 audio track -- the only option offered -- decently conveys the soundtrack's pervasive, earnest use of pop music; a negative is that some dialogue tends to be so quiet as to be inaudible. Worse, viewers fluent in Swedish don't have the option of turning off the subtitles, however unobtrusive they may be. Credit Strand for bringing this gem to the U.S. home video market -- it's just a shame they don't have the resources to give Show Me Love the full treatment it deserves.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Show Me Love -- the Americanized title of this exemplary coming-of-age story -- might be sweeter, but this film's original title, Fucking Åmål, a cry of desperation against a stifling small town, comes closer to its spirit. A highly believable account of high school life, it presents a world where unkindness begets unkindness and the need to fit in often conflicts with characters' better moral and emotional instincts. First-time director Lukas Moodysson's decision to shoot in an almost Dogma-like style only adds to the verisimilitude. The characters are true both to their age -- moody and desperate one moment, childlike the next -- and backgrounds, with the contrast between the two heroines' economically diverse home lives keenly noted. For all the ground-level, documentary-like observations, Moodysson's main concern is a story of thwarted love between two girls, and with extraordinary skill he captures the rush and fear of first love -- when everything seems at stake -- finding sweetness and escape amidst the ennui. Moodysson also earns points for the best use of the music of Foreigner ever put to film.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/2000
UPC:
0712267990726
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
NR
Source:
Strand Home Video
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:29:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alexandra Dahlström Elin
Rebecca Liljeberg Agnes
Erica Carlson Jessica
Mathias Rust Johan
Stefan Horberg Markus
Josefin Nyberg Viktoria
Ralph Carlsson Olof, Agnes' Father
Maria Hedborg Karin, Agnes' Mother
Axel Widegren Oskar, Agnes' Brother
Jill Ung Birgitta, Elin's Mother
Lisa Skagerstam Camilla
Johanna Larsson Elin's friend
Elinor Johansson Elin's friend
Jessica Melkersson Elin's friend
Lina Svantesson Elin's friend

Technical Credits
Lukas Moodysson Director,Screenwriter
Ulf Brantås Cinematographer
Broder Daniel Score Composer
Lars Gullin Score Composer
Lars Jönsson Producer
Michal Leszczylowski Editor
Nils Nilsson Sound/Sound Designer
Robyn Score Composer
Heidi Saikkonen Production Designer
Lina Strand Production Designer
Maria Swenson Costumes/Costume Designer
Bernhard Winkler Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
2. Main Titles [1:05]
3. Chocolate Milk? [2:49]
4. Happy Birthday! [2:41]
5. School Life [20:16]
6. The Dare [13:20]
7. Fucking Amal [22:30]
8. Scorned [6:17]
9. Revelations [9:22]
10. Coming Out [8:08]
11. Main Titles [2:51]

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Show Me Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love foreign films and this is one of the best I've seen. It is a true coming of age story about two teens who are trying to discover themselves in a small town with no one to turn to for advice or acceptance. I've seen it several times and would recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Normally I do not like child actors, but the leads in this film are amazing. They bring more depth and feeling to their characters then most of the A-list actors in Hollywood. Great movie, great actors, you have to see this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love European films and I do not find having to read sub titles a problem. This is especially true of this film. The moment the film finished it instantly became one of my favourites of all time. A must see for anyone, if you have not seen it you really don't know what you're missing out on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love all types of movies. but i really enjoy forgein films. This is one of my faves. I was turned off by the subject matter at first. But when i watched it with the advice of my friend. I am sure glad i took my friends advice. this was a touching film of growing up. Of finding out who you are...it's about love, heatbreak, confusion than the peace you feel when you know who you are and who you love.