With his first two feature efforts, Fucking Åmål (1998) and Together (2000), Swedish filmmaker Lukas Moodysson earned a strong following for his acute, gentle sense of social satire and his remarkably well-drawn and sympathetic characters. Though his third feature, the soul-shredding Lilja 4-Ever, marked a notably dark turn in terms of content for Moodysson, his sense of characterization was perhaps stronger than ever, and the stark tale of a young Russian girl forced into prostitution gained him international acclaim. A native of the South Sweden burg of Lund, Moodysson was the son of hardworking farmers who hailed from the small community of Smaland. When the opportunity arose for Moodysson’s father to study engineering in the 1960s, he relocated to the university town of Lund, funding his education with work at a local hardware store; it was there that Karl Frederik Lukas Moodysson was born in January of 1969. The future director was exposed to an early film influence at age 12 when… read more
One of my top 5 directors, not to say i liked everything he's done. I think his first three Films are 5 star and showed at the time he was the best around. A Hole in the heart was slightly disappointing at the time after his first three films (its grown on me over the years) but Container was an Art exhiibition trying to pass itself off as a feature film. Mammoth was ok but nothing special. Hopefully he will find his feet again cause he's a special talent.
An overlooked director whose work I find not only moving, but almost necessary to see.