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Anneli is soon to be 17 years old. She lives alone with her mother and can barely remember her father who left the family 10 years ago. One day she receive a letter from her father, who is a helicopter pilot up north. Anneli decides to visit him, but on her way up, she meets Johnny and falls in love. Written by
'Nobody can love like us', is the presumptuous title of the movie. I would say it's not to be regarded as a bold statement of the movie makers, but a way of showing the teenage mind. To teens, so many things are 'nobody', 'everybody', 'never', 'always', and so on. Surprisingly, the movie is soft and low-voiced, with a delicate, humble depiction of a teenage love story.
This is additionally surprising, when considering the director of it. Hildebrand made a few teen movies before this one, but they contained a rather simplified moral and a two-dimensional, sort of Disney cosmology. I was quite surprised to see him manage a story of this sensitivity and refinement.
The story is not just a meeting between a boy and a girl, but also between countryside and urban life. It's great fun to see the twain meet, and be reminded of the often remarkable differences.
Furthermore, there is great charm in how the growing attraction and the intimacies between the teens are shown. There is beauty in it, and genuine sympathy. So the love story becomes sort of a threesome, since the movie is, in itself, a loving observer of it.
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