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Show Me Love (1998)
"Fucking Åmål" (original title)

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Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin.

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Alexandra Dahlström ...
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Agnes Ahlberg (as Rebecca Liljeberg)
Erica Carlson ...
Mathias Rust ...
Stefan Hörberg ...
Josefine Nyberg ...
Viktoria (as Josefin Nyberg)
Ralph Carlsson ...
Maria Hedborg ...
Axel Widegren ...
Jill Ung ...
Lisa Skagerstam ...
Camilla
Lina Svantesson ...
Malin
Johanna Larsson ...
Sara
Elinor Johansson ...
Jenny
Jessica Melkersson ...
Sabina
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Åmål is a small insignificant town where nothing ever happens, where the latest trends are out of date when they get there. Young Elin has a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to guys, but the fact is that she has never done *it*. Another girl in her school, Agnes, is in love with her but is too shy to do anything about it. For a number of reasons, Elin ends up at Agnes' birthday party as the only guest. They have a girl's night out together but after that Elin desperately avoids Agnes, refusing to even consider her own feelings toward Agnes. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Jag ska aldrig mer bli ihop med nån. Jag ska bli celibat. See more »

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23 October 1998 (Sweden)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

SEK 9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,110 (USA) (15 October 1999)

Gross:

$168,761 (USA) (20 April 2001)
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Lukas Moodysson wrote nine drafts of the script. See more »

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Although Agnes did not make a very good job of slashing her wrist, the wound should still have been visible in later scenes. See more »

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Agnes: If this is the best you can do, don't bother. Go home, and keep your perfume. We just pretend to be friends because there's no one else to be with. You know what the most boring thing I've ever done is? When you took me to that wheelchair basketball game in Karlstad. I don't want to be friends with a palsied cripple who listens to Backstreet Boys or whatever shit you listen to.
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At the end of the credits, there is a picture of two hearts with "COCO" between them. Coco is the name of director Lukas Moodysson's wife. See more »

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SHOW ME LOVE
Composed by Robyn Carlsson / Max Martin
Performed by Robyn Carlsson (as Robyn)
Med tillstånd av BMG Music Publishing Scandinavia / BMG Sweden
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One of the best love stories seen on film
27 March 2005 | by (Silver Lake, Ohio, USA) – See all my reviews

I watched this with my girlfriend, who said it was one of the best love stories she had ever seen - I tend to agree. I am not usually a fan of love stories, preferring a good zombie flick, but this one transcended the genre by showing emotion and motivation of the characters in such an interesting way that you couldn't help but sympathize with them.

I confess that my motivations for watching it were rather base; I heard that it was about teenage Swedish lesbians, and thought that was a subject I would certainly like to explore in more depth. On the one hand, there are none of the explicit scenes I was hoping for; on the other hand, I got into the movie so much I didn't miss them.

Fans of love stories, teenage angst, girl power and anything related will definitely like this movie. Other people will like it too, you'll just have to talk them into watching it. It would certainly make a good date movie, or just one to provoke discussion and romance.


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