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Vernon Film Society wraps up summer season with We Are the Best!

Swedish director Lukas Moodysson's latest film shows at the Vernon Towne Cinema on Aug. 18

The Vernon Film Society is pleased to announce that the last film of the 2014 summer season (celebrating the VFS 30th anniversary) is We Are The Best!, showing at the regular times of  5:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Monday at the Vernon Towne Cinema.

Provocative Swedish auteur Lukas Moodysson (Show Me Love, Together) returns with this raucous and ebullient tale of three preteen outcasts who form an all-girl punk band.

With the ebullient and raucous We are the Best!, Swedish master Lukas Moodysson returns to the territory he mined in one of his first features, Together. Set in early 1980s Stockholm, the film focuses on three girls, Bobo, Klara and Hedvig — outcasts who are about to enter their teenage years, and share little with their classmates. The other girls are offended by their independence and the boys just don’t like their punk-influenced style and bravado. They’re even less enamoured of the trio when they start their own band — that’s something only boys should be doing.

The adults are even more useless. Bobo’s mother is a serial dater who’s into partying and seldom knows where Bobo is. Klara’s parents are gruesomely happy (when they’re not arguing about ridiculous stuff), and Hedvig’s mom is a devout Christian.  Based on a graphic novel, We are the Best! is a paean to DIY culture and the need for revolt. Neglected or taken for granted at home and school, the girls react by making themselves unignorable, sporting mohawks and brush cuts. When they’re mocked for looking different they demand centre stage. Psychologically accurate and energetic, with a profound awareness of how kids behave and what motivates them, We are the Best! pays tribute to the accidental rebels who object to the system instinctively as much as intellectually — and have the courage not to hide their opposition to it. It’s propelled by a skilled ensemble cast led by the three young principals, who make everything from fights over the same boy to your first public spew utterly poignant and believable.

“There is hardly a shortage of movies about rock ’n’ roll, but there are few as perfect — which is to say as ragged, as silly, as touching or as true — as We Are the Best!.” — A.O. Scott, New York Times

The VFS is pleased to note its partnership with the  Film Circuit,  presented by the  Toronto International Film Festival and its sponsors. Please check our web site for schedule and further reviews: www.vernonfilmsociety.bc.ca

We Are the Best! shows at the Vernon Towne Cinema, 2910-30th Ave., Monday at 5:15 and 7:45 p.m. All seats are $7, with tickets on sale at the theatre and the Bean Scene coffee house.

The film is rated PG, with some coarse language and violence and is in Swedish with English subtitles.