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

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  23 October 1998 (Sweden)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandra Dahlström ...
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 ...
Lina Svantesson ...
Johanna Larsson ...
Elinor Johansson ...
Jessica Melkersson ...


Åmål is a small insignificant town where nothing ever happens, where the latest trends are out of date when they get there.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 är hellre glad nu än om 25 år. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

23 October 1998 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Show Me Love  »

Box Office


SEK 9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$168,761 (USA) (20 April 2001)

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Did You Know?


The original script ends with Agnes and Elin walking away holding hands. The final scene in the movie was thought up by the production lead and written by both Lukas Moodyson and Alexandra Dahlström, long after shooting had begun. See more »


When Agnes' disabled friend comes to the birthday party, a door bell is heard. However, when Agnes father answers the door the friend is at the bottom of the stairs in her wheelchair and is clearly unable to get to the bell beside the front door. See more »


Friend: You kissed her for 20 crowns? Was it worth it? How was it?
Elin: Wicked.
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Crazy Credits

Some of the songs listed in the credits never appear in the movie, nor on the soundtrack. See more »


Featured in Here's Looking at You, Boy (2007) See more »


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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Fabulous! Every young person in the world growing up gay should see this movie.
29 June 2002 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

This is the movie I've been waiting over 30 years to see. Although it takes place in a small town in Sweden it could have been a small town in Pennsylvania, where I spent the majority of my teenage years. Growing up gay in a small town is obviously a different experience for everyone but for most people it's not a time that conjures up joyous memories.

Although Sweden is considered to be a more tolerant country, having spent a year there as an exchange student I didn't feel any more comfortable about being gay there than in Pennsylvania. It wasn't until several years after living there that I finally came out and telling my Swedish friends was just as difficult as it was telling anyone else. I say this not for those who have seen the film but for those who haven't and might not because they may be put off by foreign films. Although I was once fluent in Swedish and always enjoy hearing it spoken, I've unfortunately forgotten enough that I relied heavily on the subtitles just as most people will. I've watched it twice in three days and will watch it many times more because it's the first movie about gay teens that left me with a smile on my face and a warmth in my heart. The teens in this movie have it better than I did but not unrealistically so. It's true and honest and very real. It's not easy being a teenager but it's too often unbearble being a gay teenager. This movie captures the essence of what it is to be a teenager, gay or straight. For gay teens I hope it will give you hope and show that you're not so different. For straight teens I hope you'll see that we're not so different.

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