Together 2000

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This bittersweet comedy revolves around a hippy commune desperate to live in socialist-like peace but which fights about everything including TV and meals! One day Goran brings his uptight sister and kids to live with them. Initially shocked, she soon joins in, coming to terms with her own sexual awakening.

Starring:
Lisa Lindgren, Michael Nyqvist
Runtime:
1 hour 41 minutes

Together

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Product Details

Genres Drama, International, Comedy
Director Lukas Moodysson
Starring Lisa Lindgren, Michael Nyqvist
Supporting actors Emma Samuelsson, Sam Kessel
Studio Metrodome
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Donna Fancourt (donna.fancourt@ntlworld.com) on 28 Nov 2001
Format: DVD
Together is one of those films that you will not forget. A Swedish film centred on the experiences of the fictional 'Together' collective in the 70s, it follows the trials and tribulations of a group of people who live together because they believe in the value of community. The story is bitter-sweet; it begins with a family break-up and ends in a football match, but inbetween lies the struggle of a community to adapt to change without forgetting what is really important. Exploring some of the fundamental problems of living in a community of individuals with strong (and often varying) beliefs about how to live a better life, the collective tackles such burning issues as whether to eat meat, own a television, go naked in the kitchen or practise open relationships. And the film doesn't shy away from tough issues either; lesbianism, homosexuality, domestic violence, alcoholism, loneliness, men who dress like women, children who pretend to be Pinochet: the film has all this and more.
Beautifully acted, the film has some genuinely funny laugh-out-loud moments, combined with an almost unbearable poignancy.
I think that the overall message of this film is that women, men, and children, living together in a community is a struggle, but that it's worth it; and that fixed ideals must sometimes give way to pragmatism, but this can be a good thing. While the word utopia is never mentioned, this is what the collective is aiming for in their creation of a community that aims for something aspirational and inspirational; ultimately, they dreamed of a better way of life, and then they set out to create it.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 July 2004
Format: DVD
It's an ageing hippie commune which doesn't really work, in this film. They are all nice people, quirky, sensitive, and in some cases kindly, but day-to-day life often fires on few cylinders.
What changes things is the presence of a battered wife,whose husband genuinely loves her and hates what he has done, and the children, who view the adults silently but maturely. It is very funny in places and moves, in stuttering stages, towards a warm, very happy conclusion. I loved it and would recommend it to anyone.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mia on 23 Jan 2005
Format: DVD
I grew up in Sweden in the 70's, and can attest to this film being *very* realistic. Well, most of us grew up in regular family households rather than communes like this one - yet the tone, dialogue, props, setting, mood, and plot - all hit the mark exactly. Moodysson is a genius to be able to tell a whole generation's painful rite of passage with such a sense of hilarity and warmth.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Dec 2005
Format: DVD
To describe a film as 'heart-warming'; is a bit of a cliche, but it really is the right word for 'Together'. This film is very funny in places, very charming and, exploring the lives of rather unconventional people, the middle-aged one-time hippyish members of the commune 'Together', nonetheless absolutely true to human nature. We like them all - well. nearly all ; one is too selfish to be truly likeable, but she leaves - and we are glad when it all ends happily, as it does. 'It's about love and divorce and happiness and unhappiness and children and adults and ABBA and sex and football,' says the DVD case, and that's all true. One of the great strengths of the film is its wonderful children, sometimes a good deal more grown up than their parents. They get on well together too. It is all good fun, but also completely original and quirky ; a fine film.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 30 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
This is a cracking film from Sweden. It takes us back to the idealistic days of the 1970's when we were struggling with a hangover from the `summer of love', the rise of glam rock and disco - yes we have Abba - and the need to wear man made fibres - like nylon. We find a group of left thinking friends who have decided to say no to bourgeois capitalism and live in a commune. This is `together' where hippy ideals are thriving and every individual has the right to express themselves - so long as it isn't looked down on by the others - like eating meat for instance.

Well we have Goran who is the nicest man on the planet. He has an open relationship with his `partner' - but her interpretation of that means that basically she can be `open' to other men - and he is `fine' with that - apparently. Then his sister calls and asks to stay for a while as her drunken husband has beaten her again. She arrives in the flower painted VW camper and her kids immediately hate it. She, on the other hand, is open to new ideas, and soon is having an impact of her own. What develops is how both sides of the argument (if you can cal it that) get to be aired ie: the right and the left and positions have to change.

This is funny, well written, brilliantly observed and absurdly excellent for what appear to be all the wrong reasons and I absolutely loved it. The spying neighbours are great too and whilst there is undoubtedly a message here - ie: everyone has something valid to say and bring to the table - it doesn't matter as it is done so nicely. The period detail is done really well and the characters are all really likeable - the sort to make you want to watch it as you care about them so completely. The commune kids have great names too, one is called `Moon' and another young boy is called `Tet' after the Tet Offensive in the Vietnam War - seriously Frank Zappa could have learnt from these guys - I can not recommend highly enough.
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