Charming romance from an unlikely director

Review of Ingen kan älska som vi (1988)

Review of Ingen kan älska som vi (1988) movie, by Stefan Stenudd


Nobody can love like us, is the presumptuous title of the movie. I would say it's not to be regarded as a bold statement of the movie makers, but a way of showing the teenage mind.

       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.

Stefan Stenudd
8 January 2003


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       Caroline witnesses the agonizing death of her twin brother, when they are no more than 15 years old. Horrified, she feels that nobody should ever have to die. Then she discovers a hidden visitor in her home, who has the ability to live forever without aging at all. And this ability can be transmitted. But she finds that there are grisly downsides to such longevity. Click the image to see the book at Amazon (paid link).



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