Eye-popping in the punk tradition – Lukas Moodysson’s latest film is a brilliant portrayal – and vindication – of the young outsider: different; outcast; confused, but strong, bold and rockin’ with mates (the best!).
Honest, unsentimental and defiant (just like its protagonists), We are the Best is an adaptation of a graphic novel by Coco Moodysson (the director’s wife) and focuses on the friendship of three misfit girls in the early 80s, on the cusp of their teens, as they attempt to form a punk band – and do it, in a good ol’, banged out way. One of the things that makes this film so refreshing – apart from the protagonists being girls – is the lack of self-doubt, introspection or depression that is generally a prerequisite of outsider-teen flicks (especially when they are female). Instead, it’s pretty much full-steam-ahead confidence and its requisite cohort, the brazen attitude. Go, girls, GO!
Lukas’s tumblr – he seems quite into cameras and Rhianna.
posted by dixie turner