(aka "Fucking ml")

 

directed by Lukas Moodysson
Sweden 1998

 

"Well, quite an impacting film about coming of age, conformity, growing pains and small town existence all rolled into one cross between an ABC after-school Special and the Dardenne brothers masterpiece "Rosetta". In the cinema vrit style Swedish director Moodysson brought us so close to its characters, not by rising above their cock-eyed undetermined value system, but instead by accepting us into it. Despite the over-whelming chattering-class appeal this film has with a lesbian romance and risqu original title (Fucking ml), sometimes a film just 'works'. It adheres to no visible formula of cinema production, but strays enough to evoke a feeling of artistic freedom. Essentially the entire message of the film. The characters are certainly not pleasant, not at this stage of their lives anyway. They are confused and experimental... all in an attempt to conform without appearing as conformists. The moral of the story, which sneaks up on you quite unexpectedly, is to defy pretension and rejoice in your own persona. Truly a universal concept that we all require reminding of. I found this a very worthy viewing and strongly recommend it!"  out of      

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: October 28th, 1998 - Sweden

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Distribution Strand Releasing Home Video  Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:25:39
Video 1.85:1.00 Letterboxed WideScreen
Average Bitrate: 5.38 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s
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Audio Swedish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
Subtitles English (non-removable)
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Studio: Strand Releasing Home Video
 

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterbox - 1.85:1


DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
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Chapters: 10

Edition Details:
• All Regions
• Non-anamorphic widescreen theatrical trailer (1:24)

• 5 Trailers from other Strand Releases ( 'Steam: the Turkish Bath', 'Psycho Beach Party', 'Late Bloomers', 'Planetout.com' , 'Edge of Seventeen' )

 

Comments:
This DVD suffers from a lot of technical faux-pas that many DVD aficionados won't be able to forgive: the image is non-anamorphic, the subtitles are non-removable and the disc has no Extras worth speaking of.

I saw no combing during forced weave and I think that this DVD is film-sourced. The picture is very grainy, but my suspicions are it was made like this... appearing to be very low budget. The colors and contrast have not been tampered with and this is pretty close to how the film showed in its theatrical presentation.

There are many international editions out for this film onto DVD so one day I will compare the Strand Releasing edition to another and make a clearer determination of its adherence to original form. I did not find the lack of production values deterring from the viewing experience, and in fact may have enhanced it. The sound was un-remarkable but adequate. The Extras are a bunch of trailers. A chill goes up my spine envisioning if Criterion had taken this on, but as far as this DVD goes I give itout of    

. Gary W. Tooze





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