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Bobo is a thirteen-year-old ordinary seventh-grader, who lives with Lena, her divorced mother in Stockholm. In the beginning of the 80s, bands like KSMB and Ebba Grön, offer not only a way of expression but also a source of inspiration for young Bobo, who strongly refuses to accept what others say about Punk being dead. She shares the same positive mindset with Klara, a fellow classmate, however, the sense that something is still missing from their lives, is predominant. In the quest of discovering new ways of sharing their untamed taste in music and its political views, the two of them decide to sign up for a rehearsal at a nearby studio, getting their hands on musical instruments for the very first time. Much to their surprise, what started as a joke, is now progressively becoming a reality, if only they knew how to play... Nevertheless, fate is on their side, when out of the blue, help arrives in the face of Hedvig, a talented but introverted girl from eighth grade, who is eager to... Written by
If I didn't know any better, I would have totally believed it was a documentary (almost)!
'WE ARE THE BEST!': Four Stars (Out of Five)
Swedish-Danish drama flick about three teenage girls, that decide to form a punk band together; in 1982 Stockholm. It stars a cast of mostly unknowns; including Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv LeMoyne (as the three leads). It was written and directed by Lukas Moodysson and it's based on the 2008 graphic novel 'Never Goodnight'; by Coco Moodysson (the director's wife). The film received mostly rave reviews and it's appeared on many American critics' 2014 Top 10 lists. I found it to be inspiring and beautifully natural.
Bobo (Barkhammar) and Klara (Grosin) are two 13-year-old girls, growing up in 1982 Stockholm. They're outsiders at their school, due to their androgynous appearance and love for punk rock music; which many consider a 'dead art form'. They decide to form a band, despite not knowing how to play any instruments, as a way of rebelling against popular culture. Later they enlist a Christian girl named Hedvig (LeMoyne), from their school, to help them learn how to play chords and sing songs. Hedvig plays classical guitar, very well, and she's also a social outcast. The three girls form a beautiful team.
The movie is very impressive; in how it captures youth so realistically. The dialogue is really believable; and the three lead performances are super natural. If I didn't know any better, I would have totally believed it was a documentary (almost). The directing is completely fitting to the material and the story is beautifully inspiring. What a great movie for all kids, of almost any age, to see. Especially social outsiders and those that love punk music. The soundtrack is also totally awesome! I highly recommend it; to kids and adults alike.
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