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.
This film is quite the achievement in both directing acting. Moodysson is a master steering this story on a straight track about love until it ends at a queer station. In whole this film manages to embrace the teen culture i then contemporary Sweden (1999), and at the same time ask what is love?
-4.5- Heart touching and believable (unlike most of the movies about lesbians) love story of two girls. The indie rock soundtracks and the grained picture filming provide an unique atmosphere. The film is only 1.5 hour, so no matter you like it or not, it won't make you bored. Personally I didn't like the ending much. "coming out of closet(toilet)" wasn't the best option for finishing the story.