We Are The Best (8/3)

We Are The Best has gotten pretty much everyone in our entire office excited. It’s a great film for a list of reasons, but the two main ones are: 1) in an international cinematic landscape filled with coming-of-age classics about nothing but boys (The 400 Blows, Pather Panchali, etc.), this is one of the best female-driven coming-of-age stories we’ve ever seen; 2) out of the many, many films about punk rock to hit the screen over the decades (and trust us, we’ve seen many), this is one of the very best. Filmmaker Lukas Moodysson has crafted what might be the best look into middle school-dom in recent memory, perfectly capturing how 13-year-old outcast girls would react to indifferent parents, sleepy snow-covered towns offering little to do, alcohol, parties, forming a band with no previous experience, and how to deal with each other when boys get thrown into the mix. Best of all, We Are The Best never panders to either punk or femme stereotypes, instead giving us one of the strongest groups of teenage characters since John Hughes’ heyday.
Dir. Lukas Moodysson, 2013, DCP, 102 min.

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