Lukas Moodysson's Show Me Love

Anna Westerstahl Stenport

  • Published: July 2015
  • Subject Listing: Scandinavian Studies; Film and Media Studies
  • Bibliographic information: 232 pp., 13 illus., 5.5 x 7.5 in.
  • Territorial rights: Not Avail Uk, Eire, Cont Eur
  • Series: Nordic Film Classics
  • Contents

Lukas Moodysson is one of the most accomplished and unconventional filmmakers of his generation in Sweden. Moodysson, now well known for his English-language film Mammoth (2009) as well as his heartbreaking indictment of sex-trafficking in Sweden, Lilya 4-Ever (2002), debuted as a writer and director while still in his twenties with Show Me Love (1998). The film received four Guldbaggar - the Swedish equivalent of the Academy Awards - including best film, best director, best screenplay, and best actresses. A coming-of-age and coming out film about two young women in a stiflingly oppressive small town, Show Me Love is widely considered a youth film classic and was called a "masterpiece" by Ingmar Bergman.

This book, which is the first study of Moodysson in any language, includes discussions of the film's genre, aesthetics, and style, and situates the film in both contemporary Swedish cinema and broader Swedish culture. It includes sequence and dialogue analysis and discusses how and why this particular film became so important: its queer significance, its unusually realistic depiction of youth, and its critical reception. Anna Stenport conducted extensive interviews with the cast and crew, including several enlightening discussions with Moodysson himself. Lukas Moodysson's Show Me Love offers an incisive introduction to Moodysson for readers interested in contemporary film, as well as a history and close analysis of changes in the Swedish film industry.
Anna Westerstahl Stenport is director and associate professor of Scandinavian studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she also teaches cinema and media studies. She is the author of Locating August Strindberg's Prose: Modernism, Transnationalism, Setting.

1. Moodysson's contexts

2. The ambivalence of Show Me Love

3. the geography of Show Me Love

4. Moodysson's continuation

Festival Screenings and Awards


"A carefully constructed book with a favorable tone about an eccentric Swedish director and his debut film. Stenport's writing is rich with interest in the film as well as the director, which brings life to a topic unfamiliar to many readers."
-Ivy Burridge, Film Matters