(aka "Together" )

 

directed by Lukas Moodysson
Sweden 2000


When I grow weary of the pressures of city life, I like to entertain myself with visions of moving to a commune. Extended leisure time, free love, whiling the nights away with red wine and passionate conversation - for anyone chained to the rat race it’s an attractive proposition, but these visions of a hassle-free existence live in a land where the rules of basic human nature fail to apply. Cramming ten people into a low-rent house is a recipe for disaster, as good intentions inevitably crumble beneath the weight of conflicting ideologies, the lure of life’s little luxuries and garden-variety jealousy.

This is exactly what happens in Together, the second feature from Swedish writer/director Lukas Moodysson. The year is 1975, and while the rest of the world is doing its best to consign the hippie movement to the dustbin of history a loose collection of hard-core nature-lovers are getting back to basics on a suburban commune. When the film opens their atmosphere of mutual respect has already begun to disintegrate – the mild-mannered Göran (Gustaf Hammarsten) is grappling with his girlfriend’s attraction for another housemate, while Anna (Jessica Liedberg) and Lasse (Ola Norell) spend their time engaging in petty sniping after a recent break-up. Matters are complicated by the arrival of Göran’s sister Elisabeth (Lisa Lindgren) and her two children, who abandon their comfortable existence to escape the alcoholic Rolf (Michael Nyqvist).

Of course, any film with a soundtrack that features ABBA and a version of Love Hurts by Nazareth shouldn’t be taken too seriously, and I’d hate to give potential viewers the impression that they’re in for another long dark night of the soul. It’s a film you can watch on whatever level your mood dictates, secure in the knowledge that you’ll be spending time with involving characters, accomplished performers and a narrative packed with humour and insight. It’ll have you thinking twice about chucking the job and catching the first bus to Nimbin, but when it’s over the daily grind might just seem like a reasonable alternative.

Excerpt from the ECritic website found here

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Theatrical Release: August 25, 2000 (Sweden)

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DVD Review: MGM/UA - Region 1 - NTSC

Big thanks to Warren Murphy for the Review!

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MGM/UA

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 1:46:32
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 4.72 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Audio Swedish Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround
Subtitles English, Spanish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: MGM/UA

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• No extras!

DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
Amaray

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Comments Unfortunately, MGM could've done a lot better, and I know they can. There seems to be a lot of edge enhancement in the opening titles (as posted above), and I am sure it is probably there in the film too. The picture is very grainy at times, but I think that is mostly due to Moodysson's filming style than the transfer. He aimed for an authentic 70's look and sure got it. There also seems to be a lot of red. It's not too bad of a transfer but MGM could've done it much better. There's no extras on the dvd; a trailer was listed on the back but it's not there.

 - Warren Murphy

 





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