We Are the Best!

We are the best WATB 1 Coco Moodysson, Lukas Moodysson, Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, Liv LeMoyne, Mattias Wiberg, Jonathan Salomonsson, David Dencik, Charlie Falk, Alvin StrolloWe Are the Best!: three teenage girls embrace counter-culture and form a punk band in 1980s Stockholm. Directed by controversial Swedish auteur Lukas Moodyson, Adapted from his wives graphic novel. Moodyson is the back in his wheelhouse; fly-on-the-wall documentary style retro Sweden; and it’s what he does best. He’s also great at capturing snapshots of youth that transport you right back to your childhood – of which there are plenty in this movie. Plot-wise, it pretty much follows the same arc as his movies, particularly Fucking Amal (Show me Love), but with younger kids – unfortunately, it’s not quite as powerful a coming-of-age story. Together was all about family, Fucking Amal was a love story two girls, but We Are the Best tries to juggle family, girls, boyfriends, and punk… making it feel less focused. Another Moodyson-stamped nostalgic and enjoyable trip down memory lane, with good music and all of the teenage feels.

Score: 6/10

  1. Nostra said:

    Have been hearing nothing but good things about this film, so it’s nice to hear a different voice about it. Haven’t checked this one out myself yet…


    • Paragraph Film Reviews said:

      Me to, was slightly disappointed, but it’s very good in a nostalgic way.


  2. Dan O. said:

    It works as both a movie about starting up a band, as well as a coming-of-ager. Nice review.


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