Synopsis by Gönül Dönmez-Colin
Fucking Åmål is a coming-of-age comedy set in a sleepy little Swedish town called Åmål -- the most boring place on earth according to one of its residents, the adolescent girl Elin. Meanwhile, one of her classmates, Agnes, is quietly in love with Elin, but no one knows about it except her computer. The title comes from Elin's frequent comment about her new home town. The two share a kiss as the result of some cruel manipulation from Elin, but Elin soon returns to apologize, and the two spend a lengthy evening on the town together - an evening that culminates with a makeout session. Then, to cope with her burgeoning feelings for Agnes, Elin turns to a local boy, Johan, and dispenses with her virginity. In his first feature film, Lukas Moodysson shows the pains of growing up, particularly for a lesbian. Fucking Åmål was screened as part of the "Panorama" section of the 49th Berlin International Film Festival in 1999 and received the Teddy Award for Best Gay/Lesbian Film.
coming-of-age, small-town, girl, kiss, lesbianism, birthday, Sweden
High Artistic Quality, Sleeper