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Together (Tillsammans) (2001)

tomatometer

90

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 79
Fresh: 71 | Rotten: 8

Managing to be both satirical and warm-hearted in its look at the inhabitants of a commune, Together successfully captures the spirit of a time.

96

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 1

Managing to be both satirical and warm-hearted in its look at the inhabitants of a commune, Together successfully captures the spirit of a time.

audience

89

liked it
Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 7,507

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Movie Info

In mid-1970s, fleeing life with her abusive husband Rolf, Elisabeth moves into her brother Goran's commune, with her two children Stefan and Eva. A big house in suburban Stockholm, the commune is called "Together" and inhabited by a crowded assortment of people. Initially resistant to Elisabeth's entry, the commune soon accepts her and her children as part of their family. Soon Elisabeth is acclimating to her new surroundings and the commune's liberal attitudes towards sex, drugs and politics.

R,

Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

Lukas Moodysson

Jan 1, 1998

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All Critics (90) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (71) | Rotten (8) | DVD (4)

A comedy of crusty exterior and soft heart.

November 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Quite bright in its fashion and often singularly comic.

November 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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A comedy of manners set in the hippie heyday of 1975.

October 28, 2001
Washington Post
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A big-hearted, generous movie that never patronizes the audience.

October 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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The best thing about Together ... is the way it snatches idealism back from the brink of life-smothering orthodoxy.

October 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Tinged with delicate nostalgia.

September 28, 2001 Full Review Source: New York Observer
New York Observer
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effortlessly poetic

September 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

. Intensely humane and energetically humorous, Together is a film for film lovers and for anyone interested in human nature.

June 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The film's supposed status as a feel-good flick originates from its ability to remind us that we're never alone in our failings.

June 13, 2002 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

The film soars on the strength of its own eagerness to display goodwill toward all its characters.

June 11, 2002
Creative Loafing

From the bare bones of the plot, it would be easy to mistake "Together" for a sexy romp. Moodysson has more on his mind than that, however.

June 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

There's nary a dull moment in this comedy. The dramatic resonance that emerges is especially lovely for having arrived so pleasantly.

June 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Experience
Film Experience

Moodysson is an observant filmmaker, and best of all, sees the many sides of human personality that make people by turns maddening, exciting and sympathetic.

February 4, 2002 Full Review Source: Matinee Magazine
Matinee Magazine

The joys -- and pitfalls -- of communal living in the 1970s are rendered with a buoyant immediacy and an ironic accuracy.

December 28, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

It's all very cozy and laid back, set to a pleasantly dorky soundtrack of '70s Swedish pop.

December 21, 2001 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

I'm glad I saw it warts and all.

December 12, 2001 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A nicely balanced story that doesn't take sides.

November 29, 2001 Full Review
Planet Sick-Boy

A deceptively simple character piece filled with moments of surprising humor and heart-breaking sadness.

November 9, 2001 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Through Moodysson's deft writing and simple, unadorned direction, the actors are allowed to turn their characters into an interesting group of real people who engage us fully in their small adventure.

November 3, 2001
Jam! Movies

Moodysson creates a topsy-turvy, sexually charged environment but ultimately can't fuse together the separate characters' lives into a captivating tale.

November 2, 2001 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

It's a joyful movie (how can a movie with an ABBA sing-along not be?), but there's sadness too, since communes aren't spoken of much anymore.

October 25, 2001 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Moodysson both trivializes a vital human impulse to re-envision and remake society on one's own terms, and flattens out the political complexities of a specific historical context.

October 17, 2001 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

The combination of thoughtful period slice-of-life and the amateur-feeling production make me have mixed feelings...

October 16, 2001 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Audience Reviews for Together (Tillsammans)

Surprisingly this film is more feel-good and heartwarming than anything, and yet also gives commentary on socialism, free living, and polyamory as well. The film covers family, love, and forgiveness, as well as opening yourself to new experiences so you can find new love. The film is actually set in a commune called Together (Tillsammans), where Goran lives with a bunch of other people and a woman he loves. His sister, Elisabeth, has a domestic disturbance with her husband for the first time in years, and immediately leaves, taking her children with her to live with her brother. The three fish out of water find themselves shoved into a small space and their lives are completely changed as the commune's inhabitants rub off on them and vice versa. While there are some political themes that run throughout the story and oftentimes speak volumes on the residents, it does not overpower the narrative or center around the characters. More often these political leanings only lead to absurd scenarios, including an intellectual who more oftentimes wants to argue rather than converse, a hippie dippy woman who stomps on hearts as well as promotes multiple partners, and several others who believe in the extremes of clean living and the liberal agenda. Most of the film relies on absurd personalities over political beliefs to find humor. We also look back to the father who was left, as he finds guidance from an outside source and tries to change in order to get back his family. Every bit of this film is feel-good, whether it is the man who gets rid of his toxic lover or the coming of age story of a young teenager finding love with the next door neighbor, every bit of this makes you feel happy and sweet. The ending is even happy, and though it pulls on heartstrings throughout, it never drags, never degrades its subjects, and doesn't become clichéd or schmaltzy.
June 4, 2013
FrizzDrop

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Communal living, free-love and hippies from a uniquely Swedish perspective. Wonderfully nostalgic and, for director Moodysson, surprisingly sentimental.
June 17, 2010
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Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

A really beautiful and funny story and a great introduction into the world of Lukas Moodysson, although, this is his only 'happy' film to date.
September 22, 2009
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