A freewheeling camera zeros in (or zooms, rather!) on the burgeoning identities of two very different high school girls in late-90's Sweden. Across the board, the performances are marvels of youthful complexity and teenage angst without an actorly tick in sight. The lack of shame on onscreen is thoroughly refreshing and the ending is an absolute triumph of fortitude and grace. And the humor! Such a buoyant film!
Platitudes can't do justice to the pain endured by many high-school students, but this film does a pretty fine job. It's a naturalistic depiction of daily humiliations and triumphs with Moodysson clearly favoring the ugliness of the dogme 95 school. I found this more harrowing than anything else, and thus the final 3 minute respite didn't quite justify the overriding cringe factor. Essential teen viewing.
It's been awhile since I've seen this. It drags out especially the second half of the film where it's trying to make that run time stretch out. This being Moodysson's first film it does show though the film does have a certain charm of a coming of age movie. The 90's trends are also present 'FILA' clothing and shoegaze music anyone? But I agree with the BFI list that it should be watched by the age of 14.