Swedish director Lukas Moodysson gives the revolutionary fervor of the 1960s gentle ribbing in this warm and genuinely funny follow-up to his 1998 debut, SHOW ME LOVE. Though it's 1975, the Age of Aquarius is still in full swing for the residents of "Tillsammans" ("Together"), a communal home in the heart of a residential Stockholm neighborhood. But their dedication to the Marxist ideals they hold sacred and the lifestyle rules they strictly observe no TV, no Christmas presents, no meat, no Pippi Longstocking (a thinly disguised symbol of capitalist materialism) is about to change. The catalyst for this mini-revolution-within-the-revolution comes in the unlikely shape of Elisabeth (Lisa Lindgren), the sister of the house's mild-mannered leader, Goran (Gustav Hammarsten). Unlike the other women of Tillsammans, Elisabeth is a completely ordinary, entirely bourgeois housewife who leaves her boozy, abusive husband Rolf (Michael Nyqvist) and moves into what little space is left in the crowded house with her two adolescent children, Stefan and Eva (Sam Kessel, Emma Samuelsson). As Goran tries to remain open minded as girlfriend Lena (Anja Lundqvist) tests the limits of their open relationship with Communist firebrand Erik (Olle Sarri), Elisabeth falls under the spell of Anna (Jessica Liedberg), a divorcée who now claims to be a lesbian. Faced for the first time in her life with the forces of change, Elisabeth begins to rethink her complacency, her politics (or lack thereof) and her armpit hair. Lovesick Klas (Shanti Roney), meanwhile, is hoping that Anna's ex-husband, Lasse (Ola Norell), is also considering a shift in sexual orientation, while Eva, isolated and miserable, tries to find some sense of normalcy in the upside-down, bizzaro world of Tillsammans. If Elisabeth starts out as the symbol of political naivete, she comes to represent a way in which the ideals of the sixties could be adapted to the realities of mainstream life in the '70s and beyond. Ultimately, this affectionate film boils down to a celebration of human companionship, above and beyond the realm of politics; "Loneliness is the most awful thing in the world," as one character says to another. It's easy to scoff at such sentiment in the abstract, but Moodysson puts it across with a sincerity that's genuinely heartwarming, and he sets it all to a surprisingly good soundtrack culled from the Swedish rock (who knew?) of the era.
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- Released: 2000
- Rating: R
- Review: Swedish director Lukas Moodysson gives the revolutionary fervor of the 1960s gentle ribbing in this warm and genuinely funny follow-up to his 1998 debut, SHOW ME LOVE. Though it's 1975, the Age of Aquarius is still in full swing for the residents of "Tills… (more)