Show Me Love (Fucking Åmål) (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Show Me Love (Fucking Åmål) (1999)



Critic Consensus: A naturalistic depiction of teenage life, Show Me Love has a charming, authentic feel.

Movie Info

This coming-of-age comedy is set in a sleepy little Swedish town called Åmål -- the most boring place on Earth according to adolescent Agnes. Agnes is not able to make friends at school. She's in love with Elin, but no one knows about it except her computer.


Mathias Rust
as Johan Hulth
Ralph Carlsson
as Father Olaf
Maria Hedborg
as Mother Karin
Axel Widegren
as Little Brother Oskar
Jill Ung
as Mother Birgitta
Johanna Larsson
as Elin's friend
Elinor Johansson
as Elin's friend
Jessica Melkersson
as Elin's friend
Lina Svantesson
as Elin's friend
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Critic Reviews for Show Me Love (Fucking Åmål)

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (11)

This powerful, funny romantic drama neatly integrates the dilemmas of a girl in love, the girl she loves, a boy who also loves that girl, and that girl's sister.

July 18, 2007 | Full Review…

While the storyline has few surprises, the central performances create a touching relationship, despite the suspicion that the male writer/director's interest in the subject is slightly dubious, or at least tokenistic.

February 9, 2006 | Full Review…

Dahlström and especially Liljeberg are first-rate.

July 21, 2005 | Rating: 3/4

High school, small town, teenagers in hormone hell -- or is that heaven?

March 19, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

A completely charming reality-based romantic fantasy, both sweet-natured and sympathetic.

February 7, 2001 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

The movie is funny, gentle, and true.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Show Me Love (Fucking Åmål)


An indie coming of age film about lesbian love and boredom of living in a small town. The filming technique was quite weird, made it seem very 70s with the sudden zoom in on objects/characters. It's a weird love story about acceptance and finding one's voice. Teenage love has never been so sweet.

Sylvester Kuo
Sylvester Kuo

Super Reviewer

Beautiful little innocent love story with a very non innocent film title. Small town Sweden could be small town America with the boredom of youth taking up with exploration of relationships. Nice.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Show Me Love, originally titled Fucking Åmål, is a 1998 Swedish film directed by Lukas Moodysson. Two seemingly different teenage girls strugling with understanding their feelings and how to deal with them. The film first premiered at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival under its original title but was changed because the Hollywood industry magazine Variety refused to run an advertisement for a movie with such a title. New title was chosen - director Moodysson took the new title from the song at the end of the film, by Robyn. Rebecka Liljeberg, as Agnes, and Alexandra Dahlström, as Elin were the real stars of this movie. Honest with hard questions but gentle in dealing with them. Lots of stories go around about this movie, especially the incorrect claim that the film had outgrossed the Hollywood film Titanic: In fact, Titanic had over twice as many viewers as Show me Love in Sweden in 1998.

Panta Oz
Panta Oz

Super Reviewer

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