Together (2000 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Lukas Moodysson|
|Produced by||Lars Jönsson|
|Written by||Lukas Moodysson|
|Distributed by||Sonet Film|
|Running time||106 minutes|
|Country||Sweden, Denmark, Italy|
Together (Swedish: Tillsammans) is a 2000 comedy/drama film. It is Swedish director Lukas Moodysson's second full length film. Set in a Stockholm commune called "Tillsammans" (Swedish for "Together") in 1975, it is a satirical view of socialist values and a bittersweet comedy.
Together is set in one of the communes that sprang up around Stockholm in the 1970s. Loosely led by the sweet-natured Göran, who will do anything to avoid a conflict, the group spend their time arguing about left-wing politics and other questions such as whether doing the dishes is bourgeois. The commune's dynamics are significantly shaken when Göran's sister, Elizabeth, leaves her violent husband Rolf and moves in, bringing her two children Eva and Stefan.
Self-declared lesbian Anna lives in the commune with her ex-husband Lasse and their son Tet (named after the Tet offensive), who befriends Stefan. The two play games such as "torture the Pinochet victim" where, in the spirit of equality, they take turns at being Augusto Pinochet. Eva meanwhile befriends a lonely boy across the street; his family appears conventional on the surface but proves to be even more dysfunctional than the commune of which they so openly disapprove. The children are portrayed as sidelined by everyone in the film, from the new school where they are bullied to the parents who, while genuinely loving, are too busy experimenting with their own freedom to show it.
Elisabeth's husband Rolf makes a concerted effort to clean up his act, although not before getting drunk and arrested, leaving his children stranded on a roadside after a disastrous meal in a Chinese restaurant. Further relationship problems are found with Klas, who is desperately in love with Lasse, and between Göran and his selfish and immature girlfriend, who wants the benefits of an open relationship but not the responsibilities.
The film ends on a feel-good tone set to an ABBA song, showing (almost) all of the characters seeming to find the love they need.
- Lisa Lindgren as Elisabeth
- Michael Nyqvist as Rolf, Elisabeth's husband
- Emma Samuelsson as Eva, Elisabeth's and Rolf's daughter
- Sam Kessel as Stefan, Elisabeth's and Rolf's son
- Gustaf Hammarsten as Göran, Elisabeth's brother
- Jessica Liedberg as Anna
- Ola Rapace as Lasse
- Axel Zuber as Tet, Anna and Lasse's son
- Shanti Roney as Klas
- Olle Sarri as Erik Andersson
- Anja Lundqvist as Lena, Göran's girlfriend
- Sten Ljunggren as Birger
- Cecilia Frode as Signe
- Lars Frode as Sigvard
- Emil Moodysson as Måne
- Henrik Lundström as Fredrik
- ABBA - "SOS"
- Maggie Bell - "Caddo Queen"
- Hoola Bandoola Band - "Vem kan man lita på?"
- Pugh Rogefeldt - "Här kommer natten"
- Ted Gärdestad - "Jag vill ha en egen måne"
- Tony Hung - "Paddy Fields No. 1"
- Peps Blodsband - "Onådens år"
- Nazareth - "Love Hurts"
- International Harvester - "It's Only Love"
- Ted Gärdestad - "Så mycket bättre"
- Bo Hansson - "The Black Riders (Flight to the Ford)"
- Shit & Chanel - "Jorden Vinden Fuglene"
- Shit & Chanel - "Fandango"
- Bo Hansson - "Leaving Shire"
- Nationalteatern - "Hanna från Arlöv"
- Tony Hung - "Morning Stroll"
- Bo Hansson - "At the House of Elrond and the Ring Goes South"
- Marie Selander - "Vi är många"
- Turid - "Song"
- Ted Gärdestad - "Come Give Me Love"
- Tillsammans at the Internet Movie Database
- Tillsammans at the Swedish Film Database
- Tillsammans at AllMovie
- Together Movie Review