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Show Me Love (1998)

Fucking Åmål (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 23 October 1998 (Sweden)
Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin.

Director:

Lukas Moodysson

Writer:

Lukas Moodysson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alexandra Dahlström ... Elin Olsson
Rebecka Liljeberg ... Agnes Ahlberg (as Rebecca Liljeberg)
Erica Carlson Erica Carlson ... Jessica Olsson
Mathias Rust Mathias Rust ... Johan Hulth
Stefan Hörberg Stefan Hörberg ... Markus
Josefine Nyberg Josefine Nyberg ... Viktoria (as Josefin Nyberg)
Ralph Carlsson ... Agnes' Father Olof
Maria Hedborg Maria Hedborg ... Agnes' Mother Karin
Axel Widegren Axel Widegren ... Agnes' Little Brother Oskar
Jill Ung Jill Ung ... Elin's Mother Birgitta
Lisa Skagerstam Lisa Skagerstam ... Camilla
Lina Svantesson Lina Svantesson ... Malin
Johanna Larsson Johanna Larsson ... Sara
Elinor Johansson Elinor Johansson ... Jenny
Jessica Melkersson Jessica Melkersson ... Sabina
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Storyline

Åmål is a small insignificant town where nothing ever happens, where the latest trends are out of date when they get there. Young Elin has a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to guys, but the fact is that she is inexperienced in that matter. Another girl in her school, Agnes, is in love with her but is too shy to do anything about it. For a number of reasons, Elin ends up at Agnes' birthday party as the only guest. They have a girl's night out together but after that Elin desperately avoids Agnes, refusing to even consider her own feelings toward Agnes. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Taglines:

Jag ska aldrig mer bli ihop med nån. Jag ska bli celibat. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Sweden | Denmark

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

23 October 1998 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Show Me Love See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

SEK 9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,110, 17 October 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$168,761, 22 April 2001
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sweden's submission that year for the Best Foreign Language Film category. To be eligible for submission, it had to change its original title "Fucking Amal". (It was not selected.) See more »

Goofs

When Agnes is lying on the bed crying and her father is sitting beside her, the appearence of her hair changes several times between shots. See more »

Quotes

[Agnes and Elin are trying to hitch to Stockholm]
Elin: What the hell are we doing? We must be out of our damned minds!
Agnes: Yes, I know.
Elin: But we are so fucking cool.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, there is a picture of two hearts with "COCO" between them. Coco is the name of director Lukas Moodysson's wife. See more »

Connections

Referenced in On Cinema Film Guide (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

FANTASI FÖR ELORGEL # 34
Composed by Nils Björkman (as Björkman) and Lukas Moodysson (as Moodysson)
Framförd av Karl-Heinz Glockmann
Med tillstånd av Grünbaum Big Hit Indernational Music Publishing, Stuttgart
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One of the best love stories seen on film
27 March 2005 | by slake09See all my reviews

I watched this with my girlfriend, who said it was one of the best love stories she had ever seen - I tend to agree. I am not usually a fan of love stories, preferring a good zombie flick, but this one transcended the genre by showing emotion and motivation of the characters in such an interesting way that you couldn't help but sympathize with them.

I confess that my motivations for watching it were rather base; I heard that it was about teenage Swedish lesbians, and thought that was a subject I would certainly like to explore in more depth. On the one hand, there are none of the explicit scenes I was hoping for; on the other hand, I got into the movie so much I didn't miss them.

Fans of love stories, teenage angst, girl power and anything related will definitely like this movie. Other people will like it too, you'll just have to talk them into watching it. It would certainly make a good date movie, or just one to provoke discussion and romance.


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