Gay Essential Films To Watch, Fucking Åmål (Show Me Love)

Agnes Ahlberg (Rebecka Liljeberg) and Elin Olsson (Alexandra Dahlström) are two teenage girls who attend school in a relatively unknown town in Sweden. Elin seems to have the perfect life – she is popular, a social butterfly and almost everyone who comes across her would like to be her friend. She is also regarded as someone who has a lot of experience with boys and always receives attention from them. The truth is, Elin is unfamiliar with romantic relationships and she hates her life. Everything about her circumstances seems dull, predictable and fake to her. Although she is unhappy, she keeps it to herself.

On the other hand, Agnes does not have any true friends at all nor does she seem to want any. The only thing she does want is to confess to Elin that she loves her and would like to be her girlfriend. She is severely depressed, but is nonetheless comfortable with her reclusive lifestyle. This worries her parents to no end and they try to get her to come out of her shell. Agnes’ mother, Karin (Maria Hedborg), decides to throw a birthday party when her daughter turns sixteen, even if it is against her will. The young girl is afraid no one will come – and she is right. After shouting and crying, telling her father that she wishes she were dead, a surprise guest arrives at her party. It is Elin, who is only there because she is trying to avoid a boy named Johan Hulth (Mathias Rust).

Fucking Åmål

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“The movie is funny, gentle, and true. It knows how teenagers can be cruel and how sharply they can regret it.”
   Roger Ebert

“It’s a powerful, deeply affecting depiction of the tribulations of two teenage girls who are struggling with their sexuality and identities.”
   ReelViews

“Agnes and Elin’s story, “Show Me Love,” became one of Sweden’s biggest box-office hits when it opened there, selling about as many tickets as Titanic.”
   The New York Times

Did You Know?

Before writing Fucking Åmål (Show Me Love), Lukas Moodysson was well-known for his dark scripts on the more violent and bloody aspects of the human psyche. The Swedish film was initially to be no different – it was meant to be a story about two young girls who get slaughtered by a psychopathic neighbor. What happened to the original idea? Moodysson’s personal life. The director had a child and decided to completely overturn the direction and aesthetics of the movie. “When you have a child, you are no longer the center of the universe”, Moodysson says. So instead of covering a grotesque and gloomy topic, the director wanted to convey a genuine message through his film that will change people’s perspectives and positively impact the world. Review our Gay Themed Films Here

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