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

The Playlist By Edward Davis | The Playlist May 29, 2014 at 2:10PM

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.
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The Last Picture Show

The movie that always makes you cry.
I rarely re-watch movies, so there is no "always." My emotional comfort food: maybe “Friends” the TV series. And actually, it makes me cry too, especially the last season when the feeling of break-up is so strong I can hardly watch it. The only movie I’ve really rewatched is “The Last Picture Show” by Peter Bogdanovich. I have seen it three times, I think, that's my maximum. Such a great film.

"...we went to see 'Se7en.' Stupid idea—the world felt horrible and dangerous and...I still hate that film. I can't understand how people want to make films with all that violence and terror."

The movie that always freaks you out/makes you scared.
I don't like movies that make me scared.

The movie you love that no one would expect you to love.
People who know me are not surprised that I like a lot of "light" comedies. They are maybe surprised if I say that “Bridesmaids” is one of my favorite movies.

The movie that defined your coming-of-age/high school experience.
No such film. Music was more important. And girls. But I remember one evening, taking the bus to Malmö on my own, watching a rerun of “Doctor Zhivago.” That was a magic moment. The book is much better, but the film is very strong, especially the snow and the set design, the atmosphere.

The film that made you fall in love with cinema.
Again, “Twin Peaks.” Or some video on MTV. I remember the shock of seeing Sinead O'Connor’s “Nothing Compares to U” video. That one was very special.

The film that’s been your best ever date movie.
I’ve never had a movie date, at least not a good one—unless a date with my wife counts. I do remember our worst movie date however. The first time we had someone babysit for our newborn son, we went to see “Se7en.” Stupid idea—the world felt horrible and dangerous and I wanted to build a shelter. I still hate that film. I can't understand how people want to make films with all that violence and terror. But this opinion is very very subjective, because I saw it at the worst possible time.

“We Are The Best!” opens in limited release this weekend on May 30th.


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