Together is Moodysson’s second feature, following upon his multi-award-winning debut, Fucking Amal (1999), which dealt with love, alienation and a lesbian relationship in a small town in Sweden. This time round, Moodysson deals with life in a commune in Stockholm in 1975. Together has won awards at film festivals around the world and was screened earlier in the year during the Mardi Gras Film Festival.

This film is a funny, attempted satirical take on the 70s by a Swede who was born in 1969. Moodysson uses the music of ABBA and looks at the highs and lows of communal living, when ideals clash with reality. Together is nowhere near as compelling as Fucking Amal and is just a little too pseudo flower power for its own good. It is also quite stereotypical. For instance, we have a political activist, a woman who is a lesbian for political reasons, a guy who sleeps with another guy to broaden his experience, vegans and guys with mandatory beards.

Together paints lots of pictures but there isn’t much plot. Moodysson does take on the middle class though and for this reason the film was not that well received in Sweden. Together is light-weight, enjoyable entertainment, a feel-good flick about human foibles without being too hard-edged.

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