Liv Lemoyne, Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin in We Are The Best! (Magnolia Pictures)
We Are The Best! is a witty film, full of hope and the shenanigans of three teens who leave home in search of their own identities through music. It shows that under the right circumstances, leaving the comforts of home at a young age can be a positive thing.
Swedish director Lukas Moodysson dives into the pre-teen world as he has done in the past and successfully depicts how difficult that age can be. We Are The Best! is the film adaptation of Moodysson’s wife Coco’s graphic novel of the same name.
The story is set in Stockholm, Sweden in the 1980s, where two teenagers, Bobo and Klara, decide to leave their lives, school and other responsibilities behind to embark on a leisurely journey full of what they love the most: punk rock. However, they know almost nothing about music, so they invite their friend Hedvig along to help them put a band together. Their parents are completely against them doing this and do everything they can to stop the teens from what they refer to as “the bad path.”
Despite his Catholic upbringing, Moodysson has consistently tackled unconventional pubescent themes in his films, and he is once again spot on with We Are The Best!.
The film stars Mira Barkhammar as Bobo, Mira Grosin as Klara and Liv LeMoyne as Hedvig, who serves as the moral cornerstone of the group and often keeps them from exceeding in excess. Their performances take you back to a time when being a rebel was different than it is now. Young people expressed themselves differently, since technology wasn’t much of an influence on their daily lives.
Moodysson’s film is a phenomenal exploration of teenage life, that transition into adulthood, and discovering things like love, alcohol and all life has to offer for the first time. It also explores how they discover their responsibilities as adults in order to continue pursuing their dream.
We Are The Best! is a must-see for preteens and teens because it delivers important lessons about taking responsibility for one’s actions.
We Are The Best!
Currently in theaters.
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Edison Millan contributed to this story.