Directed by Lukas Moodysson, this powerful Swedish film reflects on human relationships and life in a commune, which was prevalent as part of the hippie culture, but by the 70’s, this kind of living was already giving way. Set in 1975, the film explores human personality, concentrating on a handful of characters, experiencing various emotional turmoils in life.
Elizabeth (Lisa Lundgren) fed up of living with her alcoholic and abusive husband Rolf (Mikael Nyqvist), leaves home taking her two children with her, daughter Eva (Emma Samuelson) and teenage son Stefan (Sam Kessel), to live with her brother Goran (Gustaf Hammarsten). They move in with him into Tillsamman (Together), a commune inhabited by several other people, who believe in living together.
Located in the suburbs of Stockholm, the Tillsamman comprises of various characters with different personalities, but having a single vision, to live life liberally. They argue on political issues, believe in free sex and are open to drugs. Although, people living in the commune believe that they have a strong bonding with each other, but as the story builds up, the relationships do not seem as strong as were expected.
Apprehensive at first, by the liberal kind of living, Elizabeth begins to get accustomed to the ways of the commune and finds herself bonding with one of the lesbian housemates. In the meantime, her husband begins to realize that he cannot live alone and decides to get his family back. The docile Goran discovers that his girlfriend is more interested in the idea of free sex than he is.
The film has a great combination of melodrama beautifully blended with a touch of humour and the right soundtrack with lilting music from the 70’s, which includes a track from ABBA. The young 23-year old director has for the second time, after his debut film ‘Show Me Love’, woven his magic by portraying characters so realistically, making Tillsamman a treat to watch.