We Are The Best!

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26/08/14

Stockholm in the 1980’s is proving decidedly dreary for teenage girls, Klara (Mira Grosin) and Bo-Bo (Mira Barkhammer). Their respective parents are nightmares and even worse, everyone says that punk is dead… but they’re having none of it. When they chance upon a free rehearsal space, the girls decide to form a band, even though neither of them can play a note or even own any instruments. However, the space comes with a bass guitar and a set of drums, which is a start and together they write a cacophonous song called We Hate Sport. Then, at a school concert, their gaze falls upon classical guitarist. Hedvig (Lev Le Moyne) and they think they have found their potential third member. The trouble is she’s pretty square and even more problematic, she’s a… Christian.

From these humble beginnings, writer/director Lukas Moodysson spins a delightful and sometimes hilarious tale that personifies the very essence of the punk spirit. The three leads are an absolute delight as they stampede through a series of picaresque adventures, making awful music, getting drunk, falling out with each other and never losing sight of the conviction that they are ‘the best.’ A lovely film in every respect.

4 stars

Philip Caveney

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