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Stockholm-1982; Disco-hating best friends Bobo and Klara want to start a punk band despite being told the scene is dead. The only issue is that neither know how to play an instrument, let alone put a song together.
The pair decide to recruit Hedvig, a church-going loner and musical whizzkid who teaches them how to play the drums and bass, and an unlikely friendship begins to form. This surprising and endearing story about friendship, youth, and the years that shape you as a person, is nothing short of a modern day classic in my eyes. I completely fell in love with this film and it succeeds for me on a number of levels.
The first thing to mention is the remarkable performances from the the three young leads. Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin and Liv LeMoyne have such a great natural on-screen presence and their chemistry is fantastic. A real joy to watch. The (lack of) direction from writer Lukas Moodysson aids the actors’ performances in allowing them to improvise at times, and also brings a documentary feel to the film. Because of this, you can’t help but feel that what your’re seeing on screen is completely real, and that makes for a very absorbing cinematic experience.
The writing is spot on; the characters are all well defined, relatable and have personality, which is refreshing. What’s really great to see is that the pursuit of boys, whilst playing a somewhat small role in the film, isn’t the main concern of the young characters. It’s the friendship and music that trumps all in this and that’s a fantastic thing to see. The film expertly explores the themes that surround children and teens; such as jealously, loneliness and the need to shine, but it has some genuinely well observed and hilarious moments too, right through to its excellent, albeit abrupt finale.
We Are The Best! is pretty much flying in and straight back out of the cinema so you should try and track it down as soon as possible. It’s surprisingly feel-good, has excellent performances and is a little gem of a film which I promise won’t disappoint.