Åmål is a tiny, sleepy Swedish town that its teenagers long to escape from. Elin is blonde, popular and sexy. Agnes is the class nerd: moody, disaffected and agonisingly in love with Elin. They have little in common except the desire for more than Åmål and its locals can offer. After a night together, Elin is forced to confront her sexuality while Agnes finds her life and emotions in turmoil.
Lukas Moodysson's acclaimed debut, winner of more than 18 international awards and one of the highest grossing films ever in Sweden, Show Me Love is an unpatronising and highly original tale of first love and teenage angst.
"Show Me Love is writer/director Lukas Moodyson's brilliant first feature, set in a small town called Amal where nothing exciting ever happens. As far as 16-year-old Elin is concerned, it has to be the dullest town in the world (raves are out of fashion before they even have one), and the spotty boys are even more mind-numbing--destined to fumble their way through the few teenage years left to them before taking inevitable jobs as mechanics and factory workers. Elin's classmate, the achingly shy Agnes, hates Amal too and slowly, over the course of the film and against all odds, the two discover a real and tender connection emerging between them.n
As with his follow-up sensation, Together, Moodyson directs his young actors with a subtlety that refuses to patronise or sentimentalise the emotions (all too rare in films about young people and a welcome antidote to the recent spate of mindless US teen flics). As Moodyson understands, adolescence is often the most emotionally grim period of a person's life: teenagers can be absolutely barbaric to each other. That's why the fragile romance that develops between Elin and Agnes is all the more moving, courageous and perhaps even revolutionary. Show Me Love will leave you with a huge grin on your face as Elin and Agnes finally get their triumphant kiss to strains of "I Want to Know What Love Is". If you love good cinema, all indications point towards Moodyson and Sweden being the new face and place to watch: this, his debut film, beat Titanic at the box office in Sweden when released." --Tricia Tuttle
- Region 4
- Standard Edition
- 1.78 : 1
- Dolby Digital Surround 2.0
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