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Together (2000)

Tillsammans (original title)
In 1975, the dynamics of a Swedish commune begin to change upon the arrival of a beaten wife and her two kids.

Director:

Lukas Moodysson

Writer:

Lukas Moodysson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Lindgren ... Elisabeth
Michael Nyqvist ... Rolf
Emma Samuelsson Emma Samuelsson ... Eva
Sam Kessel ... Stefan
Gustaf Hammarsten ... Göran
Anja Lundqvist Anja Lundqvist ... Lena
Jessica Liedberg Jessica Liedberg ... Anna
Ola Rapace ... Lasse (as Ola Norell)
Axel Zuber Axel Zuber ... Tet
Shanti Roney ... Klas
Olle Sarri ... Erik
Cecilia Frode ... Signe
Lars Frode Lars Frode ... Sigvard
Emil Moodysson Emil Moodysson ... Måne
Henrik Lundström ... Fredrik
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Storyline

It is the 70s and a group of very different individuals live together as a community. One of the members sister, Elisabeth needs a new place to stay with her children after having had enough of her alcoholist and abusive husband. Elisabeth is neither a socialist, feminist or into the green movement but ends up loving living in the community where they all learn from eachother. The film makes a little fun of people with strong ideals and "square" minds whether they be vegans, communists or people who absolutely disgust vegans or socialists, in the end the message of the film is that people can grow and gain from bonding with eachother. It also shows how we need to shape up a little for this to work, either through working with own behaviour that affects other people badly (like alcoholism or abuse) or the need to set up own boundaries and not let other people walk all over oneself. Written by Maria Norman

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Taglines:

one house; one revolutionary; two open straight marriages; three gay people (maybe four); three children; two carnivores and eight vegetarians; there's only one way they're going to make it... together

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for nudity/sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Sweden | Denmark | Italy

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

21 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

SEK17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$45,848, 3 September 2001

Gross USA:

$1,034,829

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,596,148
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Birger, played by Sten Ljunggren, previously appeared in Lukas Moodysson's short film Talk (1997) which focused on him. See more »

Quotes

Fredrik: But it doesn't matter because I have no friends, either. Apart from you, that is.
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References Talk (1997) See more »

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Vem kan man lita på
Composed by Mikael Wiehe
Performed by Hoola Bandoola Band
Med tillstånd av United Stage Publishing / MNW Records Group AB
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Human drama as it should be done
20 October 2004 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Together is a story of human relationship. As one character says at one point in the film, "I'd rather eat porridge together than pork chops alone", and that is the recurring message throughout the film. Our story takes place in a commune in 1975, which is called, you guessed it, 'Together'. The commune serves as the crux of the movie; it's the centre of the film, and the people that inhabit it are what surrounds the central habitat. The film really starts when Elisabeth has a fight with her husband and leaves him, with the kids to live at the commune, which is owned by her brother; the far too kind, Goran. From there, the film just takes off; the multiple personalities that inhabit the commune are each allowed to grow and be nurtured by the audience, no one character is similar to another and they all have their own strengths and weaknesses. Just like he did in his masterpiece; Show Me Love, Lukas Moodysson creates characters here that are real and that we therefore are able to feel for and like for being people, as opposed to just because they're the central characters. It's this realism that gives Together its edge over most other human dramas, such as In America or Whale Rider.

Lukas Moodysson delivers a film here that works on a multitude of levels. The moments of drama are spot on, and because each of the characters gets to develop and we get to know them, it makes the drama more powerful than it would have been if this were not true. It's amazing, actually, just how many characters Moodysson is able to juggle in this film. In many films with a lot of characters, some end up being left by the wayside and not having a chance to shine but all the ones here do, and that is a testament to Moodysson's writing abilities. The acting on display here is an exhibition in excellence, and nothing that the actors do in the film feels odd or out of place. It's almost like watching a real commune. Just like he did with Show Me Love, Moodysson has opted for a gritty style to his film, which doesn't make the film look nice, but it does give it a very rough edge, which is what the film needs; it wouldn't have been the same with an aesthetically pleasing feel. Moodysson's direction in the film is very detached and it almost feels like a documentary. This is a good thing, as with this Moodysson allows the audience to make their own mind up about what is happening on the screen. He never piles on the sentiment, or condones or discourages any of the acts in the film; they're just they're, and you can choose whether they are moral or amoral; which is exactly how a drama of this ilk should be.

Overall, Together is an excellent piece of film. The character development and the way that the characters are handled alone makes it a must see, but the excellence doesn't end there. Moodysson has created a film here that is as entertaining as anything you're likely to see and with a definite message. Moodysson can make rubbish for the rest of his life and still be warmly remembered for this and Show Me Love.


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