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

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by Edward Davis
May 29, 2014 2:10 PM
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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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3 Comments

  • James | May 30, 2014 6:11 PMReply

    I love this site, but I really don't understand why every article about this film has claimed it's some sort of radical departure for Moodysson. His first film, Show Me Love (F--king Amal) was a monstrous hit in Sweden (I remember reading it outgrossed Titanic that year) and is tonally almost exactly like this new one. Together, his second film, is VERY similar to this one in every way, it's even a period film set in roughly the same era. Yes, he made a few bleak films, but this film is actually a return to the style that made him famous in the first place.

  • potion lords | May 30, 2014 1:43 PMReply

    i'm guessing his comment on Seven - " I can't understand how people want to make films with all that violence and terror"- is slightly sarcastic. his masterpiece Lila 4 Ever is full of seriously disturbing violence and terror.

  • Glass | May 29, 2014 3:09 PMReply

    That's cool that he hated Se7en for that reason. I think the Se7en emulation (especially in television) is a little much right now, but he's kind of proving the effectiveness of the nastiness of that film by being so bothered by it.

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