It is the 1970s 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 alcoholic and abusive husband. Elisabeth is neither a socialist nor a feminist nor into the green movement but ends up loving living in the community where they all learn from each other. 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 each other. It also shows how we need to shape up a little for this to work, either through working on our behaviour that affects other people badly (like alcoholism or abuse) or the need to set boundaries and not let other people walk all over oneself.Written by
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
I just saw this at the Minneapolis International Film Festival, and it was quite a gem. Unfortunately, that's all I'll ever be able to refer to it as in the United States. While it is surely an enormous hit everywhere else in the world, or at least in Europe, it will probably never actually be released here because of the silliest thing: nudity. Fucking Amal wasn't opened in more than a couple of theaters, mainly because of the title (couldn't they just translate it "screwing Amal"?). We all missed it over here. I should just buy the DVD, considering how good Together is. Together does owe more than a little credit to Dogma '95 and especially Idioterne, to which it is very similar. Still, it is very creative, well written, and enormously well acted. 9/10
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