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Lukas Moodysson (writer)
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Release Date:
23 October 1998 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Jag ska aldrig mer bli ihop med nån. Jag ska bli celibat. See more »
Plot:
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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19 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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Cast

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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)
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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)
"Fucking Amal" - International (English title) (imdb display title)
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Runtime:
89 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:PA (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Denmark:11 | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Germany:12 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:12 | 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

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Trivia:
The poster for the film featured quotations from the dialogue, including four-letter words. This caused some controversy, so for Stockholm's subway, special posters were printed with the "worst" quotations left out.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Lipstick traces around Agnes lips do not appear immediately when Elin kisses her.See more »
Quotes:
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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Movie Connections:
References "Candid Camera" (1948)See more »
Soundtrack:
NÄR VI TVÅ BLIR ENSee more »

FAQ

What was that bit about A-drains and C-drains?
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59 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Teaches you how to love again, 8 July 2001
Author: Czar Nicholas (Mekong04@aol.com) from Tennessee, USA



For me, when watching this movie, one has to keep in mind any other teen-love movies you might have seen. Heck, ALL teen movies are fair game. Then, when watching this movie, notice how those other movies begin to crumble under their own stupidity, and jump off large cliffs like celluloid lemmings. Now THAT'S great filmmaking. Great films go straight for the jugular of other films; thinning out the herd.

Fucking Åmål takes adolescence, and instead of portraying how wonderfully blissful it all was, it shows how it was a time in everyone's life for over-dramatizing and acting mostly petty. But then, out of these ashes rises something that was great about those awkward years: love. Because you didn't stop being dramatic when it came to love, but you celebrated it. Like the characters in this movie, everyone who fell in love in high school spent time brooding over class pictures, or waited by the phone for that one call. Moodysson uses the scenes at the school and the parties to allow viewers to reflect on how awkward and cruel being in high school was. But instead of carrying this effect into the lovely land of high school crushes, he instead raises them up on a pedastal. It made me wonder if i can't love like that again: with no hesitation, no complications, and with all my heart.

What makes this film great though (and not just good) is by bringing the issue of homosexuality into it, but he slowly begins to make the issue hazy and unclear so that it no longer becomes an issue except for the less developed, and unliked, characters in the film. By the end of the movie, it doesn't matter that Agnes and Elin are to GIRLS in love, but that they are two girls in LOVE. In an age where media has transformed homosexuality into more about sexuality and less about love, Moodysson flips the scales. By the end of the movie, you start to realize that Agnes isn't a lesbian, because that title is worthless. She's just a person who loves. She celebrates what she finds beautiful (Elin). Of course, Elin is the main character of the film because she is the one who changes and matures. She elevates herself out of the social stratosphere of high school lunches, and into a world without personal boundries.

Last, one has to admire the fact that Moodysson doesn't take the film over the edge, and make it too much about how girls need to look for love just amongst themselves because all teenage boys are immature. First, he portrays most all of the other kids (regardless of sex) as immature except for Agnes and Elin, not just boys in particular. Then, he allows the viewer to sympathize with Johan. Johan maybe confused and unsure of himself, but he was just as much in love with Elin as Agnes was. How easy it might have been to make him mean, stupid, and worthless, so that viewers would be happy to see Elin flee him and go to Agnes. But he's not, he's kind-hearted and genuinely seems to care about Elin. Once again, this is Moodysson using love to blind the issue of heterosexualty and homosexuality and concentrate on love itself.

Definitely a movie for the romantic, and one that will teach you how to correctly fall in love again.

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