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Show Me Love (1998) More at IMDbPro »Fucking Åmål (original title)

Show Me Love -- On a dare, popular high school student Elin kisses outsider Agnes to see if Agnes really is a lesbian and her life is transformed.


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Lukas Moodysson (writer)
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Release Date:
23 October 1998 (Sweden) See more »
Jag ska aldrig mer bli ihop med nån. Jag ska bli celibat. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Don't die before you've witnessed pure life. See more (316 total) »


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Alexandra Dahlström ... Elin Olsson

Rebecka Liljeberg ... Agnes Ahlberg (as Rebecca Liljeberg)
Erica Carlson ... Jessica Olsson
Mathias Rust ... Johan Hulth
Stefan Hörberg ... Markus
Josefine Nyberg ... Viktoria (as Josefin Nyberg)
Ralph Carlsson ... Agnes' Father Olof
Maria Hedborg ... Agnes' Mother Karin
Axel Widegren ... Agnes' Little Brother Oskar
Jill Ung ... Elin's Mother Birgitta
Lisa Skagerstam ... Camilla
Lina Svantesson ... Malin
Johanna Larsson ... Sara
Elinor Johansson ... Jenny
Jessica Melkersson ... Sabina
Bo Lyckman ... Man in Car
Daniel Teider ... Johan's Little Brother
Nils Björkman ... Bengtsson
Per Larsén ... Teacher #1 (as Per Larsen)
Kenneth Larsson ... Teacher #2
Karl Strandlind ... Ice Hockey Coach
Peter Teider ... Marcus' Friend
Linda Malmqvist ... Sobbing Girl
Christer Almar ... Extra
Michael Andersson ... Extra
Therése Andreasson ... Extra
Rialda Arifovic ... Extra
Sanella Arifovic ... Extra
Fredrik Arrelid ... Extra
Vanessa Babot ... Extra
Joséphine Bordi ... Extra
Sandra Boström ... Extra
Betty Carlsson ... Extra
Alain Carlstein ... Extra
Elias Chamoun ... Extra
Maikel Chamoun ... Extra
John Ole Dahl-Olsen ... Extra
Dlawer Dalawe ... Extra
Mikaela Eklund ... Extra
Elin Fransson ... Extra
Kim Fransson ... Extra

Fredrik Gunnarsson ... Extra
Lina Gustafsson ... Extra
Susanna Gustafsson ... Extra
Grazyna Göransson ... Extra
Peter Hildingsson ... Extra
Malin Hultgren ... Extra
Max Hylander ... Extra
Carolina Johansson ... Extra (as Caroline Johansson)
Niklas Johansson ... Extra
Petra Johansson ... Extra

Daniel Karlsson ... Extra
Linda Karlsson ... Extra
Andreas Kvist ... Extra
Mårten Lauvall ... Extra
Jonas Lenberg ... Extra
Josephine Lewing ... Extra
Carl-Johan Lext ... Extra
Jonas Lindell ... Extra
Robert Lindqvist ... Extra
Frida Lundby ... Extra
Jonas Lönn ... Extra
Anton Löwek ... Extra
Rebecka Martikainen ... Extra
Emma Massey ... Extra
Andreas Mattson ... Extra
Daniel Mattson ... Extra
Modar Mohanna ... Extra
Elisabet Nilebäck ... Extra
Mikael Nordman ... Extra
Martin Nyholm ... Extra
Petra Nyman ... Extra
Joakim Olofsson ... Extra
Kalle Rosborg ... Extra
Vlora Shabani ... Extra
Martin Storåsen ... Extra
Johanna Ström ... Extra
Jonna Sundqvist ... Extra
Patrik Ström ... Extra
Boyar Syla ... Extra
Linda Syla ... Extra
Magnus Thell ... Extra
Gustav Tågne ... Extra
Sofia Wennberg ... Extra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tobias Andersson ... Extra (uncredited)

Directed by
Lukas Moodysson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lukas Moodysson  writer

Produced by
Anna Anthony .... assistant producer
Peter Aalbæk Jensen .... co-producer
Lars Jönsson .... producer
Cinematography by
Ulf Brantås 
Film Editing by
Michal Leszczylowski 
Bernhard Winkler 
Casting by
Imor Hermann 
Production Design by
Heidi Saikkonen 
Lina Strand 
Costume Design by
Maria Swenson 
Makeup Department
Lise-Lotte Book .... assistant makeup artist
Maria Swenson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Malte Forssell .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anna Anthony .... assistant director
Art Department
Fredrik Bladh .... assistant production designer
Fredrik Bladh .... property assistant
Tomas Johnsson .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Morten Holm .... sound mixer
Anders Hörling .... post-synchronisation engineer
Niclas Merits .... sound assistant
Niclas Merits .... sound re-recordist
Nils Nilsson .... sound re-recordist
Nils Nilsson .... sound
Niklas Skarp .... sound re-recordist
Visual Effects by
Gunnar Ahlgren .... optical printer
Camera and Electrical Department
Trolle Davidson .... assistant camera
Anders Freudendahl .... electrician
Sten Lindberg .... lighting technician
Susanne Lund .... camera operator: text camera
Åke Ottosson .... still photographer
Viking Selvén .... assistant electrician
Casting Department
Malini Ahlberg .... casting: Trollhättan (as Anna Malini Ahlberg)
Imor Hermann .... casting: Stockholm
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Lise-Lotte Book .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Gregers Dohn .... editor: titles
Mia Eriksson .... assistant editor
Andreas Jonsson .... assistant editor: avid
Linnea Trägårdh .... assistant editor: avid
Jörgen Wiman .... negative cutter
Music Department
Magnus Palmborg .... music supervisor
Other crew
Malini Ahlberg .... location manager: Trollhättan (as Anna Malini Ahlberg)
Khalil Al Harbiti .... trainee
Anna-Carin Andersson .... assistant location manager
Jonas Eriksson .... consultant: avid
Leif Eriksson .... consultant: avid
Malin Fornander .... continuity clerk
Marlene Gabriel .... assistant location manager
Anna Gorbow .... production assistant
Axel Grigor .... assistant location manager (as P-A Grigor)
Kerstin Hofstadius .... travel agency
Pia Janols .... production accountant
Håkan Lindhé .... script consultant
Coco Moodysson .... advisor (as Coco)
Markku Mustanoja .... trainee (as Markku Mustauoja)
Alex Nikolic .... media producer: Yugoslavia
Britt Odeberg .... tutor
Emma Kristina Sahlén .... production assistant
Karl Strandlind .... location manager
Karl Strandlind .... researcher
Poa Strömberg .... legal advisor
Margareta Wiechel .... laboratory manager (as Margaretha Wiechel)
David Wingate .... script consultant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Fucking Åmål" - Sweden (original title)
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89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:14 | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:12 | Mexico:B | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:M | Norway:11 | Singapore:R(A) | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | Taiwan:R-12 | UK:15 | USA:Unrated

Did You Know?

The title of the movie was a phrase director Lukas Moodysson wrote on the first page of his script. Somebody noticed it sounded like a good title and Moodysson used it officially as the movie's title from then on.See more »
Continuity: Lipstick traces around Agnes lips do not appear immediately when Elin kisses her.See more »
Agnes' Father Olof:When our class met, I think it was our 25-year reunion, when they found out that I'd done well for myself. Bengt, who was then the class king, he didn't become anything. And the girls who were considered the prettiest, they weren't special any longer. So I think you'll be glad that you don't have it so easily. Because those who have it easy often become quite uninteresting.
Agnes:But you're speaking in about 25 years. I'm sorry, but I'd rather be happy now than in 25 years.
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Referenced in On Cinema Film Guide (2013) (VG)See more »


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36 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
Don't die before you've witnessed pure life., 24 February 2001
Author: Muslinca from Zürich, Switzerland

If you believe that movies can change or really add something to make you look at life and its challenges in a different way, this movie is undoubtedly one of those which do change things! Unlike the most other movies FA moves in a mostly pure and true way. There's barely heart-melting music to evoke emotions, but strong intensity. Watching the movie, you want it to go on forever, and when it's over, you nevertheless feel perfect happiness because you've witnessed life as it is: wonderful, sad, funny and challenging. The scene when the girls want to go to Stockholm is one of the most wonderful scenes I've ever seen. An absolutely cold atmosphere and the chilly night seem to have expelled life from this little city in the middle of nowhere, but the glances of Elin and Agnes and their few words are as alive as possible. The few seconds in the car are as if they had already succeeded in getting out of their emotional misery, as if they were in Stockholm, and yet the surroundings are still the same, the same unbearable cold light and the same endless darkness beyond the street. It's not the spot that is different, but the girls themselves. For a moment they feel the enormous strength of life and love. For a moment they know where they belong to. For a moment everything is perfect. I'm in love with that scene. Sometimes words can be beautiful, sometimes authors strike divine chords, sometimes painters create mystery and dreams, but only movies can unite movements and words, glances and silence. A smile and the hurting silence, one single word spoken with the glance of love. Movies can have such an incredible power, but rarely do they get by using it. FA does! It changes, maybe it changes things of which I didn't even know they exist, there's possibly not even a word to name them. This movie is just pure, and no rational explanation or critic can keep up with its emotional intensity. Don't understand it, love it!

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