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| Courtesy Magnolia Pictures Bobo (Mira Barkhammar, left), Karla (Mira Grosin, center) and Hedvig (Liv Lemoyne) are middle-school girls who form a punk band in 1982 Stockholm, in the coming-of-age comedy "We Are the Best!".
Movie review: Swedish girls go punk in lively ‘We Are the Best!’
First Published Jun 19 2014 03:38 pm • Last Updated Jun 23 2014 01:32 pm

The Swedish comedy "We Are the Best!" is a rough-edged delight, a heartfelt rebel yell of youthful self-discovery.

Bobo (Mira Barkhammar) and Karla (Mira Grosin) are misfits in their Stockholm middle school, with self-inflicted haircuts and a love of punk music that their classmates say is dead in 1982. Undaunted, Karla urges Bobo to start a punk band, even though they have no instruments and can’t play them anyway.

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‘We Are the Best!’

Opens Friday, June 20, at the Broadway Centre Cinemas; not rated, but probably R for language and teen drinking; in Swedish, with subtitles; 102 minutes.

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They get rehearsal time and a borrowed bass and drum kit at the local rec center, then persuade a straitlaced classmate, Hedvig (Liv Lemoyne), to be their guitarist and teach them the basics.

Writer-director Lucas Moodysson ("Show Me Love," "Lilya-4-Ever"), adapting a graphic novel by his wife, Coco, follows these girls as they turn schoolyard taunts and teachers’ oppression into angry lyrics, while they also deal with issues of peer pressure and young love. Moodysson’s vibe is as exuberant, raw and fresh as the girls’ punk sensibilities.

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