Internationally acclaimed director Lukas Moodysson’s 1998 film “Show Me Love” is a brilliantly scripted teen drama/comedy that has been compared to “American Pie” in its real-life depiction of teenagers. This was Moodysson’s first feature film and one of Sweden highest grossing films ever.
The story really touches on a wide variety of human truths that apply to teenagers as well as parents all around the world. The basic culture of a high school is the same no matter where you live. In the small town of Amal, like many American towns, teens have little to do and are bored to no end. Agnes is just turning sixteen and her family moves quite frequently, leaving her with few friends. She is a social outcast and rumored to be a lesbian. Her parents are loving and supportive but not in a fake, condescending way. They are not your typical teen movie parents who are usually either absent or played as out of touch buffoons. On the other side of the spectrum there is Elin, the most popular girl in school, but does this mean her life is somehow easier? Not by a long shot. Being beautiful has its downside. Elin and her slightly older sister Jessica have your basic love-hate relationship. They hang out with each other all the time but constantly argue and fight only to make up.
High school can be and usually is the most volatile time in a person’s life and often lays the foundation of who we are as adults. Will Agnes and Elin’s relationship last? Who knows, but the bigger message of this movie is over coming what other people think of you and becoming your own person.