Poster (and Film) of the Day: WE ARE THE BEST! (2013)

vi_ar_bast_ver3Eye-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!).

we-are-the-bestHonest, 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!

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Interview with Coco Moodysson about the adaptation of her graphic novel

Great interview with director Lukas Moodysson on his inner teenager, for Pitchfork

Lukas’s tumblr – he seems quite into cameras and Rhianna.

From Coco Moodyssoon's orginal graphic novel, Never Goodnight (2008)

From Coco Moodyssoon’s orginal graphic novel, Never Goodnight (2008)

Coco in a photobooth in Stockholm, 1982

Coco in a photobooth in Stockholm, 1982

posted by dixie turner

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