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Lisa Lindgren , Michael Nyqvist , Lukas Moodysson    R (Restricted)   DVD
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
(Not ot be confused with another great film of the same name, directed by Chinese master Chen Kaige.)
"Together" is the second film by Lukas Moodysson, who gave us very charming film "Show Me Love." (If you have not seen it, you are just missing a great thing.) Here, Moodysson tackles different theme, a small commune in 1975 in Sweden, in which their ideals are tested by the new members of the place.
The film starts when a mother Elizabeth left her home with two children, Eva and Stefan, because of the perpetual violence of the drunkard husband. Now, the plot sounds heavy, but this film never gets too serious, so we are quickly introduced to the commune named "Together" where many colorful people are living. They are Erik, young radical student whose ideas go ridiculously too far; Anna, feminist turned lesbian who likes meditating; Goran, who is too kind-hearted (or timid) to tell what he realy thinks, Lena, whose idea of Free Love is a real suspect, and others, including a boy Tet (named after the event of the war in Vietnam) who plays with Stefan, doing "mock-torturing."
Now join the distraught wife Elizabeth and Eva and Stefan. The film tells how the commune react to them (and them to the commune) in a light touch, with many episodes. The general tone of the film is that of a well-made comedy, though for American audience some of the contents are very radical (nudity included). It's a Swedish film, after all.
The most impressive part is, like the previous "Show Me Love," the kids.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY!!!! Feb. 24 2004
Geez!!! i have been looking for this DVD for 2 and a half months now and today i finally stumbled across it literally at BestBuy!!! yay for me!!! but, seriously, this is an amzing movie about love and change. It is gorgeously shot and written and directed...if you love real film, this is definitely worth more than just a look! It is a very warm movie that makes you happy and by the time you reach the end, you'll be left with a warm smile on your face and a glow in your heart. Do not pass this movie up, especially if you have the chance to see it. If you like foreign films, smart films, happy films and warm films, this is for you!!!
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It is the year 1975 when ABBA and the children TV show "Fem myror är fler än fyra elefanter" (translation: Five ants are more than four than five elephants) was immensely popular in Sweden. Elisabeth has just been beaten up by her husband and she has decided to move to to her brother Göran's with her two children. What makes the film more interesting is that Göran lives in a commune with a wide variety of characters that are rather radical on the left side of politics and openly display opinions and thoughts in regards to anything. At first is Elisabeth is bothered by their openness towards one another, but she realizes that she has no where else to go as a jobless housewife. As time passes Elisabeth becomes not only comfortable, but also begins to form her own notions, which strengthens her.
Together (Tillsammans) is a marvelous and well directed story as it is a kaleidoscope of notions put into action in an environment where love and confrontations belong in the daily routine. Despite the confrontational situations in the film, Moodysson creates a warm atmosphere where one concept overrides all other thoughts, which is that notions are pointless in the absence of company. This results in a warm comedy with serious undertones that offer much food for thought as Moodysson leaves the audience with a brilliant cinematic experience.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average Swedish Character Study Jan. 13 2004
I saw the original in Stockholm when it came out and recently viewed the version with English subtitles. I am happy to see more Swedish movies making it over to America and this is a fine movie for those who want to experiance the typical Swedish drama coming out of Stockholm or Goteborg today.
Unfortunately, 'Together' doesn't offer anything unique in the way of character types and the emotional revelations they encounter is nothing new. There are the prerequisite white-male jerks (the abusive husband/father), down-trodden women, lesbians, gays and confused children. I realize that since this was set in a commune, it had to be populated with a certain amount of warm bodies to make the plot viable. However, Lucas Moodysson would have done better to limit focus on fewer characters and he could have made a few of them a little more interesting, if even quirky. I guess there just wasn't enough humor to keep me interested. As to the ending - I was happy to see that the drunken husband/father was allowed to grow and change, and that his family was given a capacity for forgiveness.
I will probably purchase a copy of it on DVD to support the Swedish film industry and as an encouragement for them to export more of their art to Region 1. I just hope they send us some fresher plots with more humor.
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