Charming romance from an unlikely director
Review of Ingen kan älska som vi (1988) movie, by Stefan Stenudd
To teens, so many things are 'nobody', 'everybody', 'never', 'always', and so on. Surprisingly, the movie is soft and low-voiced, with a delicate, humble depiction of a teenage love story.
This is additionally surprising, when considering the director of it. Staffan Hildebrand made a few teen movies before this one, but they contained a rather simplified moral and a two-dimensional, sort of Disney cosmology. I was quite surprised to see him manage a story of this sensitivity and refinement.
The story is not just a meeting between a boy and a girl, but also between countryside and urban life. It's great fun to see the twain meet, and be reminded of the often remarkable differences.
Furthermore, there is great charm in how the growing attraction and the intimacies between the teens are shown. There is beauty in it, and genuine sympathy. So the love story becomes sort of a threesome, since the movie is, in itself, a loving observer of it.
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