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We Are the Best! 2014

4.1 out of 5 stars (32) IMDb 7.2/10

Three Stockholm schoolgirls form a punk band in 1982 despite claims that punk is dead.

Starring:
Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin
Runtime:
1 hour, 37 minutes

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This is the latest film from Lukas Moodysson who brought us the wonderful `Together' and `Lilya 4 Ever'. This is based on a comic book written by his wife Coco. It is set in 1982 Stockholm. Two friends who want to stand out from the crowd decide they want to be in a punk band. This is when New Wave and New Romantics had taken over as the fashionistas choice and punk was doing a slow swan dance with a few die hard bands hanging on to the vestiges of what had once been. These are Bobo and Klara and they are thirteen year old girls.

They persuade a talented yet lonely fellow pupil to join them - this is Hedvig- who has an over controlling mother who is a devout Christian. They set about changing the World in their own way by swooning over a local punk boy act and writing a song that criticises the games department (I did that in one of my punk bands - `The Casstrations' - we were bleedin awful by the way with titles like `Expressive Anomie' and `Death of a Hippy') still I digress `Hate Sport' becomes their mantra and is interchangeable with anything else they decide to hate. Well they have their ups and downs and this is their story.

As a comic it was probably quite good, but as a film it seems to be lacking the weight of Moodysson's earlier work. The girls are all very good in their roles especially Liv LeMoyne as Hedvig, but the story is too lightweight. The girls are just having fun with the music and the whole punk ethos seems to be missing and it just becomes a fashion accessory- which is probably all that is left of punk in the modern day. That aside there are some pretty good songs here and some entertaining moments and I did quite enjoy it - not Moodyson's best film but still head and shoulders above an awful lot of the competition.
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A film laced with charm, humour and superbly developed characters, as a study of childhood and growing up, this underrated masterpiece is on a par with the mighty Boyhood. Like Ghost Town, We Are The Best fleshes out the engaging animated novel with energy and imagination. You'll love the three young girls and forgive their everyday foibles, such is their sincerity and freshness. Unlike the Hollywood feelgood style of School Of Rock, these girls know their music is less than brilliant. The point is that they choose to play it - an act of simple rebellion that informs their identities and shapes their lives and attitudes. The Scandinavian punk soundtrack drives along the lovely narrative and allows the characters to breathe. Beautiful film making.
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We Are the Best! (2013) by Lukas Moodysson will brighten your day.

Best friends Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) and Klara (Mira Grosin) are leaving childhood and becoming teenagers is nineteen eighties Stockholm. Still clinging onto punk, they form a band, but lack experience and talent. So they engage religious Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne), a school loner, who plays guitar. The story follows their lives as they spend time with each other and try to play before an audience.

Moodysson's script is funny and sweet. It's difficult to remember a recent story where the central problem is so incidental, I'd have to go back to Justin Kerrigan's 1999 film Human Traffic. Moodysson's joyful script is about the characters and their relationships. It's refreshing not having to deal with harrowing incidents, and just enjoy the pleasures of childhood, such as the scene where the girls scoff chocolate sauce covered crisps, and the giggle inducing moment when an old rocker youth centre worker tries to teach cords to the Jimi Hendrix-like Hedvig and she informs him the guitar is not in tune. The film’s success must be acknowledged to the acting of the three main actors. Playing the roles perfectly, you cannot imagine them being anything other than those characters.

The film's portrayal of friends on the outside felt a little like Tommy Lee Wallace's It (1990) or Rob Reiner's Stand by Me (1986), but where they dealt with adult issues, We Are the Best! concentrates on friendship, reminding us that when we were twelve or thirteen nothing was more important than friendship.

A joyous film from start to finish. Where so many scripts about young people go for the hard-hitting themes of abuse: physical, mental or sexual, We Are the Best! dances away from that and focuses on the innocence and fun of childhood.
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I am a BIG fan of Lukas Moodysson's films - especially Show me Love - so it was with great expectations that I set out to watch this film. Especially as it had received mostly great reviews in the press as well.

It is very well acted and the story is good, once again showing strong female pre-teens that dare to be themselves and speak their minds, but as opposed to Show me Love, I didn't find any of the characters very likeable and certainly not as relatable as in most of his other films. It is still very much worth a view, but just not as good as his other films. 3.5 stars
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Lukas Moodysson's previous films, Lilya-4-Ever, Together, Show Me Love are Ken-Loach-Like-Perfect in my eyes and he tends to get the most amazing of performances from his, often young, unknown actors...he certainly did here, the performances are truly wonderful. For me, LM film releases are anticipated like Beatles /Ken Loach / Mike Leigh / Radiohead / "Alan Partridge" / Stewart Lee / Richard Dawkins releases. When the film ends I'd be surprised if you don't want to rush out immediately and share it with everyone you love or like. Subsequently if you do,and they happen to dislike this film, drop them...they cannot be human or have ever been young.
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