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Show Me Love(Fucking Åmål)

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Sweden, Denmark · 1998
1h 29m
Director Lukas Moodysson
Starring Alexandra Dahlström, Rebecka Liljeberg, Mathias Rust, Erica Carlson
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance

When teenage Elin ends up at the unpopular Agnes’s birthday party as the only guest and kisses her on a dare, the two girls must reckon with their burgeoning sexualities amidst their small backwater town of Åmål. Funny, tender, and true, this film treats its teen characters with more complexity than most movies about teens.

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Philadelphia Inquirer by

Moodysson has an uncanny eye and ear for teen speech and attitude, and is able to capture it without the usual condescension and exploitation.


Salon by Charles Taylor

Isn't a good movie. It's drab, visually ugly and a little pokey...but the two heroines are so recognizable as real girls, and the young actresses who play them are so appealing, that you keep rooting for these kids.


Newsweek by David Ansen

With honesty, charm and an uncanny sympathy for all its characters, the film takes us deep inside the awkward and exhilarating experience of first love.

90 by Ernest Hardy

Show Me Love has the pulse of teen life down-pat, shaming its many sleek and glossy American counterparts at every turn.


TV Guide Magazine by Ken Fox

Shot on reverse film, poet-turned-director Lukas Moodyson's debut feature has a grainy, immediate feel that nicely enhances the story's emotional honesty.


Seattle Post-Intelligencer by Paula Nechak

Not only feels real, but it avoids preciousness and cute eccentricity and, in its lean, almost grave, cut-and-dried delivery makes more of an emotional impact because we're able to imprint our own memories of adolescence upon it.

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