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This fearless and often very funny look at growing-up gay in a small Swedish town became a surprise hit in Sweden, second only to Titanic. Agnes (Rebecca Liljeberg) is about to turn 16, and there's nothing sweet about it. She's one of the least popular girls at school, her parents are pressuring her to throw a big party and she's got a major crush on a girl...read more

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This fearless and often very funny look at growing-up gay in a small Swedish town became a surprise hit in Sweden, second only to Titanic. Agnes (Rebecca Liljeberg) is about to turn 16, and there's nothing sweet about it. She's one of the least popular girls at school, her parents are pressuring her to throw a big party and she's got a major crush on a girl who barely even knows Agnes is alive. Her name is Elin (Alexandra Dahlstrom), and she's funny, outgoing and popular — everything Agnes isn't. But on the night of Agnes' party, Elin and her boy-crazy sister Jessica (Erica Carlson) decide to put in an appearance (they've been grounded, and can't go to the popular party across town). When they find themselves the only guests, they snatch a bottle of wine and lock themselves in Agnes's room, where Jessica tells her sister that she heard Agnes is a lesbian. On a bet, Elin plants a kiss on Agnes's mouth; Agnes is surprised, but Elin is even more so — she kind of likes it. It takes a while for Elin and Agnes to actually pair up, but what keeps them apart isn't what you'd expect. Elin

doesn't doubt herself for a second — that, along with a charming performance from Dahlstrom, is what makes the character irresistible — but it takes a very grown-up kind of bravery to defy the expectations of everyone around you, including yourself. Shot on reverse film, poet-turned-director Lukas Moodyson's debut feature has a grainy, immediate feel that nicely enhances the story's emotional honesty — a quality that our own popular teen movies have only just begun to embrace. (In Swedish, with English subtitles.)

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  • Released: 1998
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: This fearless and often very funny look at growing-up gay in a small Swedish town became a surprise hit in Sweden, second only to Titanic. Agnes (Rebecca Liljeberg) is about to turn 16, and there's nothing sweet about it. She's one of the least popular gir… (more)

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