We Are the Best!
Sweden, 2013, 102 Minute Running Time
Language: Swedish w/ English subtitles
NOW PLAYING at the Sie FilmCenter.
Filmmaker Lukas Moodysson (Show Me Love, Together) is back with a delightful portrait of teen rebellion at its most disarming. It's the early 1980s in Stockholm and everyone says punk is dead—but that doesn't stop two rebellious 13-year-old girls from starting a punk band. Tomboyish, bespectacled Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) and brassy Klara (Mira Grosin), who sports a mohawk, are outsiders and best friends. On the spur of the moment, to claim the rehearsal space from an annoying heavy-metal guy band who forgot to sign up for it, they announce that they are forming a punk band. They have no instruments and no musical talent—so what? Attitude is all. Their first song is the heartfelt "Hate the Sport!"—an energetic attack on their school's P.E. policy, combined with naively expressed Cold War anxiety. Eventually it dawns on them that at least one member of the group should have some musical talent, so they recruit another outsider, shy but talented guitarist and devout Christian Hedwig (Liv LeMoyne) to join the band. Sweet and appealing, We Are the Best! earns its exclamation point with a hilarious yet honest and touching portrait of the spirit of youth.