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My Movie Review of Show Me Love

Show Me Love (1997) movie poster(Source: Seriesam)

“I’ll never get back together with someone: I’ll become celibate.”

Why must we live in f—ing Åmål?”

“Do you know that people are talking about you?”

“I’d rather be happy now than in 25 years.”

Those are the quotes translated inside from the movie poster above. This is probably one of my most favorite films of all time. Show Me Love is a 1998 Swedish independent film starring Alexandra Dahlström as Elin, and Rebecca Liljeberg as Agnes. This film tells the story of two desperate teenage girls, Agnes and Elin, who both attend the same school in the small town of Åmål in Sweden, and who begin an unsteady romantic relationship that ended up being successful in the story. Elin is outgoing and popular, but finds her life unsatisfying and dull. Meanwhile, Agnes has no real friends and is constantly depressed. Agnes has a crush on Elin, but she can’t find any way to express it. I’d tell the whole story, but I wouldn’t want to spoil it.

I love this movie very much because I can understand and connect to Agnes’ situation and her emotional distress. All the difficulties she faces, is because she’s gay and lives in a small town . It’s understandable that the movie deals with homosexuality theme itself, but it’s not really the problem at hand. I think the main theme of the film is trying to portray is the relationship of Agnes and Elin, and their lack of connection.

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