starring Lisa Lindgren, Michael Nyqvist, Emma Samuelsson, Sam Kessel
written and directed by Lukas Moodysson
by Walter Chaw A cross between Lars von Trier's The Idiots and an irritating home video made by flower children, Swedish phenom Lukas Moodysson's Together (Tillsammans) is an aggressively affable, ultimately simplistic film that displays almost nothing in the way of the craft or sensitivity of an Ingmar Bergman, his mentor in spirit and most vocal supporter. It is a film that defies criticism by beating critics to the punch: "These people are unlikable hypocritical idiots? My point exactly," says Moodysson. "It's filmed with almost no knowledge of even the basics of filmmaking? What better way to show the rawness of real life?" But I don't buy it, not when we're eternally two steps ahead of the gutless screenplay and consistently pulled from the drama by the same repetitive series of establishing zooms and shaky framing. Tillsammans looks as bad as any Dogme 95 film.