For years, audiences and critics have been calling on Lukas Moodysson, the former wunderkind of Swedish cinema, to make a film in the vein of his early features Fucking Amal (released here as Show Me Love) and Together.
Finally, in adapting a graphic novel written by his wife, Coco, Moodysson has obliged. Set in 1982, this is a coming-of-age comedy about three sports-hating 13-year-old girls who form a punk band. Their music, like their personalities, is wonderfully cheeky and confrontational.
The film, largely shot Dogme-style with handheld camera and natural lighting, is absolutely not one of those nostalgia-seeped invocations of lost childhood.
What makes it so special is its mix of barbed humour, tenderness and its Adrian Mole-like insights into what teenage years are really like.