-The $4-million The Kids Are All Right is an indie crowd-pleaser--with an all-star cast including Oscar-buzzing co-stars Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo--that has already generated over $20 million at the U.S. box office. Director Lisa Cholodenko, in the UK for its London premiere as part of the London Film Festival, is trying to clarify the film's intentions. She told BBC Newsbeat: "There's nothing sanctimonious. There's no rainbow flags, this is not PC - we're not doing that kind of movie." Speaking to The Guardian, she spoke of England's relationship to gay-themed stories. Referring to Joe Orton's Prick Up Your Ears, rife with its "world of gay men...there is a kind of homo-outcast-tragedy thing, which is always going on," she says. "It's like, fucking hell, it's such a drag. Let's find a more interesting way to work with these kinds of characters. I think people have found The Kids Are All Right incredibly fresh because it's like, finally, somebody doesn't have to die. I feel really cynical about the gay martyr movie. I think we're way past having to be represented like that. You know, I challenge people, if they're going to put gay life or gay characters on screen, to do it in a much more complex, fresh and worthy way." Ruffalo is on the same page: "I loved that it felt honest like a true gay family that was having its problems. But it felt like any other family to me."
And while Rapace (who is going Hollywood with a role as a gypsy in Guy Ritchie's upcoming Sherlock Holmes sequel) does think that more actresses are landing more complex roles to play (and credits Salander with proving that at the box office), the issue of perception and ownership of female strength is still problematic: "I think that the world is ready to see more complicated female characters that are more like the male characters. I talked to Guy Ritchie the other day and he said, 'I don’t think about her as a woman- she’s like a man, she’s like a whole person.' And I said, 'good. If that’s what it takes.'"