Elin: “Nobody’s putting anything in me…Fingers maybe.”

I just watched Show Me Love (original title: Fucking Åmål). At first, I wasn’t sure why it was called Show Me Love because the words “fucking Åmål” are repeated all over the movie (which, I know, would immediately disqualify the movie for some of you). The only clue was when the credits started to role and a pop song called “Show Me Love” started to play. Eh.
I like how I was sympathetic towards these characters, but thought they were stupid and unthinking at the same time, especially the character Elin. Also, I believed Agnes’ crush. That was real to me. For the most part, these weren’t girls who were making smart, thoughtful choices. They were just young girls acting without thinking. It was similar to the movie Thirteen in that regard. The impulsive, complete lack of self-awareness in Elin is so accurate of 14 year old girl behavior.
There is an ignorance on their part about the role of sex in a relationship. If they thought they were in love, then sex would be intimate, something to bring them closer. Bragging to their peers just made it a spectacle. For me, only the last line in the movie seemed to cheapen the relationship and the love they claimed to have for each other.

The character of Agnes was hard to believe. She had such a young face that I couldn’t believe she was so sexually driven. I believed the crush, but some of the other stuff was hard for me. She looked too young to care about sexuality yet.
The film also manages to avoid the male pornographer’s gaze that can be so indicative of films about adolescent sexuality. (I’m thinking Kids here.) I think this voyeuristic view is avoided (somewhat) because the sexual scenes were limited and purposeful.

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