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Review: Lukas Moodysson’s Exuberant And Totally Punk 'We Are The Best!'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • May 30, 2014 4:00 PM
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We Are The Best!
Sometimes you don’t realize what you’ve been missing until it comes along, and until Lukas Moodysson’s “We Are The Best!” (exclamation mark totally earned!) we didn’t realize we’d been missing a female-fronted punk music and puberty story set in early ‘80s Stockholm. The film is a breath of fresh air—there is a lovely awkwardness to the coming of age tale that makes it feel almost like an enthusiastic early effort from a talented neophyte as opposed to the eighth feature from an established, albeit arthouse, director. But Moodysson, never the most structured or formalist of directors, doesn’t overthink the simplicity of the premise and seems to have been energized by the subject matter and by the exuberant young cast.

The Movies That Changed My Life: Lukas Moodysson, Director Of 'We Are The Best!'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 29, 2014 2:10 PM
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Lukas Moodysson We Are The Best!
The work of director Lukas Moodysson has always been challenging, with the filmmaker coming to the attention of cinephiles with 1998's "Fucking Åmål," and earning further attention for his often tough dramas such as "Lilja-4-Ever," "A Hole In My Heart" and "Mammoth." But Moodysson's latest couldn't be more different.

Watch: Punk's Not Dead In U.S. Trailer For Lukas Moodysson's Punk Pic 'We Are The Best!'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2014 3:07 PM
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We Are The Best!
For some punk rock is a lifestyle, and for others it's a fashion statement, but for the trio in Lukas Moodysson's "We Are The Best!" it's an attitude, an energy that sees three young kids find themselves in an era of lipgloss and synthesizers.

Exclusive: Get Punk With Poster For Lukas Moodysson's 'We Are The Best!'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2014 2:11 PM
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We Are The Best!
While we don't have a full review up just yet, Lukas Moodysson's "We Are The Best!" made a strong enough impression on us on the festival circuit, that it made the honorable mentions of our list of The 21 Best Films Of 2014 We've Already Seen. While the filmmaker is perhaps best known for his grittier fare such as “Lilja 4-ever," “Together," and “Mammoth," for his latest he turns in a different direction.

Watch: New Trailer For Lukas Moodysson's Punk Pic 'We Are The Best!'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 28, 2014 7:05 PM
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We Are The Best!
With a slate of films during the ‘00s including “Lilja 4-ever," “Together," and “Mammoth," director Lukas Moodysson may not seem the most apt director for an upbeat, crowd-pleasing period rock drama. Yet that’s exactly what he’s done across the world with his new film “We Are The Best!” and a brand new trailer has landed to showcase the unique type of tale that Moodysson has concocted.

Watch: First Trailer For Lukas Moodysson's '80s Teen Punk Rock Pic 'We Are The Best!'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 23, 2013 9:58 AM
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We Are The Best! (VI ÄR BÄST!)
Lukas Moodysson's 2000 film “Together” may have followed the director's breakout debut, “Fucking Amal,” but it is notable purely from a tonal standpoint as one of his most accessible and warm works in a sea of unrelenting dramas. Announced early last year, his latest film “VI ÄR BÄST!” (roughly translated as “We Are The Best”) appears to aim for the same optimistic mood, and now the first trailer has arrived to confirm the suspicion.

'Last Night' Director Massy Tadjedin To Helm 'The Adults,' Shekhar Kapur To Helm 'Three Apples Fell From Heaven' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 21, 2012 3:37 PM
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After a string of films that seemed to challenge Michael Haneke in terms of unrelenting bleakness, it's then perhaps a slight shock to hear director Lukas Moodyson ("Lilya-4-Ever," "A Hole In My Heart") contemplating brighter pastures for his next film. However, earlier this year he claimed just that with a “feel good” adaptation of his wife Coco's graphic novel, "Never Goodnight," and now the project, along with two other similarly promising efforts, have found their next step toward production.

Lukas Moodysson To Direct '80s Set Punk Rock Pic 'VI ÄR BÄST!'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 16, 2012 2:03 PM
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Lukas Moodysson sure knows how to bring a bad time. Films like "Lilya-4-Ever," "A Hole In My Heart" and "Mammoth" viewers were left stung with unrelenting and at times, hard to watch drama that was unshakeable even after you left the theater. But for his next effort, he's trying some little breezier, a bit more musical and hell, a bit more punk rock.

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