By Rich Cline | November 9, 2000

Lukas Moodysson delivers another searing, provocative look at life decisions with his new film “Tilsammans,” a 1970s-set drama about a woman (Lisa Lindgren) who takes her two teen kids (Sam Kessel and Emma Samuelsson), flees her abusive husband (Michæl Nyqvist) and runs off to stay with her brother (Gustaf Hammarsten) in a communal house where political discussions, free love, drugs and vegetarian cuisine reign supreme. But her presence only highlights the trouble already brewing in paradise.
As with “F*****g Amal,” Moodysson captures a raw honesty that leaps off the screen in characters we really get to know and care about. These people are funny, frightened, romantic and, most notably, in denial about who they are and what’s going on around them. So as the truth begins to dawn on them, it’s pretty revolutionary indeed. Some of this is a bit obvious, and the conclusion is a bit of a cop-out, but there’s so much solid stuff in here that it’s well-worth seeking out.

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