Show Me LoveOctober 23, 1998
Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin.
Release Year: 1998
Rating: 7.8/10 (29,851 voted)
Critic's Score: 73/100
Stars: Alexandra Dahlström, Rebecka Liljeberg, Erica Carlson
Åmål is a small insignificant town where nothing ever happens, where the latest trends are out of date when they get there. Young Elin has a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to guys, but the fact is that she has never done *it*. Another girl in her school, Agnes, is in love with her but is too shy to do anything about it. For different reasons, Elin ends up at Agnes' birthday party as the only guest. They have a girl's night out together but after that Elin desperately avoids Agnes, refusing to even consider her own homosexuality.
(as Rebecca Liljeberg)
(as Josefin Nyberg)
Agnes' Father Olof
Agnes' Mother Karin
Agnes' Little Brother Oskar
Elin's Mother Birgitta
Jag ska aldrig mer bli ihop med nån. Jag ska bli celibat.
Release Date: 23 October 1998
Filming Locations: Film i Väst, Nohab Industrial Estate, Trollhättan, Västra Götalands län, Sweden
Box Office Details
Budget: SEK 9,000,000
Opening Weekend: $17,110
(17 October 1999)
(22 April 2001)
Did You Know?
The poster for the film featured quotes from the dialogue, including four-letter words. This caused some controversy, and for Stockholm's subway, special posters were printed with the "worst" quotes left out.
When Agnes is lying on the bed crying and her father is sitting beside her, the appearence of her hair changes several times between shots.
Nobody's putting anything in me. Fingers maybe…
The most, pornvild, humoristic, cramping- movie I ever seen.
Hollywood always portrays teenagers through clichés and prejudices. No
wonder that this fresh look upon teenagers comes from Sweden, a country the
movies of which only seldom make it to our screens. Fucking Åmål makes me
wish we saw more Swedish movies, since there is definitely something special
about them. The director has chosen a very difficult subject for his first
movie : the (love)story of two young girls. Agnes, 16 (very cute Rebecka
Liljeberg), is in love with Elin, 14 (enthralling Alexandra Dahlström).
Agnes is very closed in upon herself, and doesn't seem to have a single
friend. Elin is probably the first person she has ever loved. Elin, on the
contrary, is a most lively girl who can't stand the boredom of her own life.
Getting drunk allows her to forget about the meaninglessness of life in the
small town of Åmål. Boredom and idleness are indeed an underlying theme of
the movie (especially in its portrayal of youth). Elin dreams about
attacking old ladies, setting houses on fire, fleeing to Stockholm, whatever
will put some excitement in her life. All the boys are attracted to her, but
though she has dated many, she is still a virgin. Through Agnes, she will
discover that she is a lesbian herself, and the deep torments that she feels
are extremely well shown by Lukas Moodysson, the director, in the most
sensitive way possible. It is very hard to express through images the mental
tortures of a teenager who can't accept herself, but Fucking Åmål does it
perfectly. I don't think it is possible to walk out of this movie and not be
in love with Elin and Agnes (no matter if one is a man or a woman). Everyone
has suffered from the kind of torment these two girls live through, and
Fucking Åmål will make those who often consider adolescence with
condescension or even scorn have a whole new look on it. Rarely have I seen
actresses that young that talented. Wait, let me rephrase that : rarely have
I seen actresses that talented, period. It is hard to get out of this movie,
and get back to everyday life, because it feeds on one's own capacity for
emotion continuously, even once the lights have been switched on again and
the screen has turned white. And the only way to feed that need for sheer
emotion is to go see Fucking Åmål again, again, and again.