We Are the Best!


The new film from Swedish director Lukas Moodysson (Show Me Love), We are the Best! revolves around three girls in 1980’s Stockholm who decide to form a punk band – despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead. Based on the 2008 graphic novel Never Goodnight by director Moodysson’s wife Coco, We Are the Best! rocks with good fun. It’s Stockholm in 1982, and everyone is wearing awful sweaters. Punk may be on the way out, but it’s not dead yet; it lives on in the minds of junior high school girls Bobo and Klara. These enfants terribles are fed up with Middle Class everything – parents, sports, politics. Mostly out of spite, and undeterred by their lack of musical talent, they form a punk band. Inspired by the classical guitar playing of their offbeat, conservative Christian schoolmate Hedvig, they recruit her to give them pointers. The three outcasts shave their heads and start tearing up the stage and the school, experimenting with alcohol, flirting with punk boys, and getting ready to perform their one song at a Christmas concert. An ebullient and sharply observant portrait of DIY spirit and growing up different, We Are the Best! is for everyone who is, will be, or used to be 13-years old. (Dir. by Lucas Moodysson, 2013, Sweden, in Swedish with subtitles, 102 mins., Not Rated, Magnolia Pictures) Digital