We Are The Best is not the kind of film I expected to be looking at for any kind of awards race. Though in the always strange pool of foreign films, where the country of origin picks one flick to represent them, this little 80s period piece may just break into the final five.
It's a very simple story about three thirteen-year-old girls in 1980s Stockholm trying to start their own punk band... even though they don't know how to play and everyone keeps trying to tell them that punk is dead. It's a story about friendship and the ever-changing dynamics of young relationships. And damn if there isn't something so incredibly charming about theses three girls... they way they deal with each other and the rest of the world... they way they aren't willing to take anyone else's shit. Lukas Moodysson has adapted some bizarre material into a very watchable film.
The three leads are all wonderful: Mira Barkhammar, Mira Grosin, and Liv LeMoyne. And it'll be interesting to see if they do anything after this. But there's something so subtle and natural about this that I'm also left wondering if any of them would even be interested in moving forward with acting careers. Things seem to work differently in Sweden, so who knows?
Regardless, this is a nice little treat for a rainy day. And very easily accessed on Netflix right now.