I went to see the new Lucas Moodysson movie today. Lucas is Swedish, like the Hellacopters and Supershit 666. Also like Ingmar Bergman and Lars Van Trier. Moodysson’s new movie is called We Are the Best! and it is set in 1982. Based on what I assume is an autobiographical graphic novel by his wife, Coco Moodysson, it tells the story of a couple of disaffected 13 year olds who recruit a disaffected Christian guitar player and start a punk band.
Moodyson is one of my favorite directors. His films have mostly centered on teenagers, mostly involved with music, yet the tone and attitude has ranged widely. He can be light, dark or experimental, all with dexterity and energy. But that’s a subject for a different time, in a story about Lucas Moodysson.
We Are the Best’s girls start a punk band in Stockholm in 1982, when everyone is telling them that punk is dead, because they have nothing else to do, but that’s just a talking point. It’s a wonderfully acted story of friendship and music and acting on impulse. And it turns wonderfully on their ambition turning to fruition, even though the music isn’t, um, quite there yet.
One of the running gags in the film is which Swedish punk band everyone likes best. Bobo, the lead character, like Ebba Grön, and is challenged when her friend switches her allegiance to, um, a different band. One with four letters as their name. I’ll dig for that, but for now enjoy this (and see We Are the Best!).