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Together (2000)

Cast: Lisa Lindgren, Michael Nyqvist, Gustav Hammarsten, more...
Director: Lukas Moodysson
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Studio: MGM
Genre: Foreign, Costume Drama/Period Piece, Scandinavia
Running Time: 107 min.
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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The second feature from Lukas Moodysson, who directed the internationally acclaimed Fucking Åmål, Tillsammans is the tale of life on a Stockholm commune in the mid-'70s. After suffering more than her share of abuse from her husband, Rolf (Michael Nyqvist), Elisabeth (Lisa Lindgren) takes her two children, Stefan (Sam Kessel) and Eva (Emma Samuelsson), to a commune run by her brother Göran (Gustav Hammarsten). Life at the commune is crowded with people with laid-back attitudes towards sex, nudity, and recreational drug use, prompting plenty of political debate. Göran's partner, Lena (Anja Lundkvist), is a particular proponent of free-spirited bed-hopping, something Göran doesn't really like but tolerates. Lena duly gets involved with the rebellious Erik (Olle Sarri) and finds fulfillment in the form of her first orgasm, something that leads her to confess to Göran that she was always faking it with him. Meanwhile, various dramas are at work amongst the other commune members, including the once-married Lasse (Ola Norell) and Anna (Jessica Liedberg) (who split up when Anna announced she was a lesbian) and Klas (Shanti Roney), whose advances to Lasse are continually rebuffed. The goings-on of the commune are observed and commented on by a pair of neighbors, Margit (Therese Brunnander) and Ragner (Claes Hartelius), whose marriage is so lackluster that Ragner masturbates compulsively. Their son, the fat and miserable Fredrik (Henrik Lundström), befriends Elisabeth's daughter, Eva, who longs to have a family again. When Rolf appears on the scene seeking reconciliation, it seems Eva may get her wish. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, All Movie Guide

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feels very real by WDiComo March 6, 2005 - 2:24 PM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Back in the early 70's, I visited friends who were living in a communal household. Within was a new couple...AND the male's previous girlfriend carrying his child for the past 8 months. She waited on her ex. His reactions were snarly. She pretended not to notice. And the current girl friend feigned obliviousness also to the whole scene, and this onlooker could easily read the tension of this wholely unnatural impending disaster.
With this movie I relived that experience.
The Western World is undergoing political revolution, sexual freedom, personal exploration, often played out in near clueless fashion.
The film maker captures this beautifully, but with a vision that contains the "togetherness" that could be present also. Despite the craziness that keeps surfacing, we finish with an "up with people" viewpoint. You also finally find out the function of "futbol" for everyday people.

Together Over There by Basil918 May 27, 2004 - 12:23 PM PDT
9 out of 9 members found this review helpful
As though John Sayles first movie, "Return of the Secaucus 7" was shot in Sweden: a bit chillier, more formal, the familiar rough-hewn quality of shots and dissolves; but it travels well. Sweden's Communal House circa 1975 resembles its American counterpart in tone, substance, and subcultural rites. But there's enough difference in taste and sensibility to make the film unfamiliar to American viewers -- and far cry from imposter poor cousins, like "The Big Chill." The movie grows on the viewer as it proceeds; we stayed up an hour later than we should have, not because of any compelling suspense, but thanks to the irresistible rhythm of the film and its recognizable characters caught in the motions of youthful confusion. A particularly sweet performance by youngest female actress, aged 13 in the film, who recognizes the madness of adults even as she is on the brink of joining them.

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