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Show Me Love (1998)

Fucking Åmål (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 23 October 1998 (Sweden)
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.


Lukas Moodysson


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandra Dahlström Alexandra Dahlström ... Elin Olsson
Rebecka Liljeberg ... Agnes Ahlberg (as Rebecca Liljeberg)
Erica Carlson Erica Carlson ... Jessica Olsson
Mathias Rust Mathias Rust ... Johan Hulth
Stefan Hörberg Stefan Hörberg ... Markus
Josefine Nyberg Josefine Nyberg ... Viktoria (as Josefin Nyberg)
Ralph Carlsson Ralph Carlsson ... Agnes' Father Olof
Maria Hedborg Maria Hedborg ... Agnes' Mother Karin
Axel Widegren Axel Widegren ... Agnes' Little Brother Oskar
Jill Ung Jill Ung ... Elin's Mother Birgitta
Lisa Skagerstam Lisa Skagerstam ... Camilla
Lina Svantesson Lina Svantesson ... Malin
Johanna Larsson Johanna Larsson ... Sara
Elinor Johansson Elinor Johansson ... Jenny
Jessica Melkersson Jessica Melkersson ... Sabina


Åmål is a small insignificant town where nothing ever happens, where the latest trends are out of date when they get there.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 is inexperienced in that matter. 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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Comedy | Drama | Romance


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

23 October 1998 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


SEK 9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,110, 17 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$168,761, 22 April 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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 »


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 »


Elin: Shit, let's go to the party. I have to anyway, cause my jacket's there. We'll go and hit someone.
Agnes: No, I'm not invited.
Elin: So? We'll burn the house down.
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the best film on teens, Moodysson's best,Rebecka and Alexandra are stunning
26 April 2007 | by stephencheeversSee all my reviews

"I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS" by FOREIGNER? how could this overblown 80's ballad soundtrack one of the most touching and romantic scenes of the last few years and work,well that what makes F**king AMAL,Lukas Moodysson debut film his most joyous and heartfelt film, it's his greatest film(yes, even better then Lilya 4-ever and Together)but in my opinion his most underrated too.

What makes this is best film, well for starters this movie has probably the best teenage cast ever and not a single twenty something like in Amercian teen movies are in sight, the leads Alexandra Dahlstrom as Elin has the toughest part as her character changes from selfish cool girl into lovelorn girl who'll throw it all away for love, she's great as Elin and hasn't really since F**king Amal been able to escape Elin and has been typecast in films since, and last i hear-ed is starring in a dutch soap,pity as she has talent.But for me she overshadowed by Rebecka Liljiberg as Agnes, the best parts of the movie are the first 42 minutes when its mostly Agnes and Elin and the last ten minutes when they come out of the closet and the o'boy scene, but between then Rebecka is kind of pushed to the side and the film suffers when she's not around, she pulls are heart strings and never lets go, for example the way she acts with her face reminds me of Anna Karina in her early Godard roles especially in the scene when Elin kisses her and then finds out it was a joke,so sad that it made this grown guy cry.She 's so great in this film like Alexandra she hasn't really produced anything to match her role here and has become a mother of two and a doctor but come on hasn't any top director not seen these two girls and not want to hire them.

Moodysson shouldn't be ignored either his screenplay is the best written about teenagers and parents too.The dogma style camera work is excellent too and keeps it fresh and kind of cool.

So what keeps this film from been a ten star film well as Rebecka is perfect in her role as a loner it's just a pity that she is so cute and good looking and in my eyes actually better looking then Alexandra,that you just don't buy her as a outcast but thats being too picky.Also the film is way too short that you wished had at least another twenty minutes added onto it as some plot lines hadn't been wrapped up,Did Jessica dump MArkus and get with Johan,Did Agnes forgive her mother,The coming out to the parents would have been a interesting storyline, it wouldn't have harmed the film in my eyes.

Although F**king Amal won Four Swedish Oscars and bet TITANIC at the box-office, it hasn't traveled too well outside Sweden compared to Moodysson following two films for starters it took six years to reach these shores as a d.v.d and only as a part of the Moodysson Box Set,also Moodysson himself hasn't exactly been kind to the film that gave him a career in the film industry he's been dismissive of it in interviews over the years also he is probably living in the shadow of his debut film in Sweden and probably hates the fact that his arty films haven't done as well.

This is his film that will stand as his most commercial and enjoyable film to date and if he goes on making unsuccessful films box office wise he might have to return to his first film and make a sequel which i'm hoping for.

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