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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Åmål is a small insignificant town where nothing ever happens, where the latest trends are out of date when they get there.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 »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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:

SEK9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,110, 17 October 1999

Gross USA:

$169,331

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$219,331
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Agnes first looks at Elin's picture in the yearbook, Elin's last name can briefly be seen in the bottom right corner of the screen. It is Olsson. 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

Elin: Okay, we'll test it. Abortion... acne... anal sex? No, I don't feel anything, no anal sex.
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Crazy Credits

Some of the songs listed in the credits never appear in the movie, nor on the soundtrack. See more »

Connections

References Romeo + Juliet (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Adagio per flauto; Archi ed organo
Composed by Tomaso Albinoni
Arranged by Remo Giazotto (as Giasotto)
Framförd av/ Performed by Gunilla von Bahr & Stockholms Kammarensemble, Conducted by Jan-Olav Wedin
Med tillstånd av Warner / Chappell Scand. AB / BIS Records
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Just caught this one on cable today...wow!
4 December 2001 | by renaldo and claraSee all my reviews

Usually when I flip through the channels and come across a foreign film, it's either an unrealistic sexual crazy flick or a Gerard Depardieu period piece with WAY too much dialogue....this sure was a pleasant surprise.

I'll admit-I'm skeptical when it comes to any movie anymore, much more so when it deals with teens, as so many films on adolescence are completely unrealistic. I started watching this expecting a false move any second now. .....A-any minute.....

But no. In fact, the beautiful acting was the first thing that took me by surprise. Everyone did a tremendous job..especially the character of Agnes...but everyone did great.

The second thing I noticed was the direction, which moved perfectly at all the right times. As someone mentioned, "directed with love", this certainly was...the characters set the pace and the tone...the camerawork let them do that.

The final thing.....the language. How glad I was that I got to hear those heartfelt Swedish sounds, spoken so earnestly, yet so carefully, like Nutella on toast! (Is that Swedish OK, well you get the idea, no? =)

I'd recommend this film to anyone...but even if you're like me, with a bit of ADD who likes to hide from anything "artsy", you will be pleasantly surprised!


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