We Are The Best! (15)
by Lukas Moodysson
From 17th April 2014
Set in 1982 this is not punk music as I remember it. Then again it is
based in Sweden, renowned for its ultra rebellious nature!
Apparently Ingmar Bergmann reckoned Lukas Moodysson was destined to become
one of his country's leading directors, but watching this twee story about
three 13-year-old schoolgirls attempting to form a punk band you do wonder
where he conjured that view from.
Moodysson must have been sorely bereft of creative ideas when he decided
to produce this film from a graphic novel by his wife, Coco.
The girls feel alienated from the tedium of school and the boring lifestyles
of their parents, so in a form of protest they meet up at a youth club
and bash away at musical instruments.
The Fall and Joy Division were given name checks by the girls during
the movie, intimating that they were leading punk bands of that era, but
in keeping with the inconsequential nature of the movie, the two Manchester
based bands could never be regarded as being punk oriented in any shape