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We are the Best!

Directed by Lukas Moodysson

Sweden, 2013

Cornerhouse, 20 April 2014

We are the Best!

This is an enjoyable, fun film which follows a trio of teenage girls who decide to form a punk band in Stockholm in 1982.

It roots for the girls, laughs along with them and not at them: their pretensions were, after all, our own once.  So too their foibles and occasional faux pas are given a wide berth.

The best scene is when one of the girls, Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne), tunes up a guitar.  Two aging rockers wait, intending to give her ‘the benefit of their experience’.  Slowly, they realise that that won’t after all be necessary.  But thanks anyway, fellers.

There are brilliant performances from the three leads, a convincing sense of place.  A film fizzing with all the energy of punk itself.