Arrow Video The Lukas Moodysson Collection

Karl Fredrik Lukas Moodysson is a Swedish short story writer, novelist and director who started his creative career as a poet but became known by directing 1998’s Show Me Love before undergoing a series of films that continually shift styles.

After Show Me Love won four Guldbagge Awards — best film, best actress (shared by the two girls Rebecka Liljeberg and Alexandra Dahlström), best direction and best script — he followed it with the 1970s period film Together, which shared what commune life was like.

While the first two films Moodysson made are humorous and optimistic, the movies that would follow, like true life-based Lilya 4-Ever, the shocking and divisive A Hole in My Heart, the near stream-of-consciousness and even more experimental Container and the English language Mammoth all went into various trips into darkness before We Are the Best! returned him to 1982 and a world of young punks trying to be heard.

I find it intriguing that Moodysson is a deeply committed Christian, which he claims was the only reason he was able to make Lilya 4-Ever. He’s just as much a believer in left-wing and feminist politics.

Available together for the first time, Arrow Video’s new set allows for Moodysson’s eclectic filmography to be viewed all at the same time and appreciated as one voice, which I found incredibly interesting. I had never seen one of his movies before but this was a tremendous opportunity to watch more than a decade of experimentation and growth through seven movies.

The set includes:

The limited edition The Lukas Moodysson Collection from Arrow includes high definition blu rays of seven films, as well as interviews with Moodysson and other cast and crew, moderated by film programmer Sarah Lutton. There’s also a two hundred page featuring new writing by Peter Walsh, excerpts from the original press kits for each film, interviews with and directors’ statements from Moodysson and essays on his films from a 2014 special issue of the Nordic culture journal Scandinavica by C. Claire Thomson, Helga H. Lúthersdóttir, Elina Nilsson, Scott MacKenzie and Anna Westerståhl Stenport and Kjerstin Moody.

You can get this set from MVD.

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