‘Close Your Eyes and Tell Me What You See’: Sex and Politics in Lukas Moodysson's Films

Mariah Larsson

in The New Extremism in Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780748641604
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651221 | DOI:
‘Close Your Eyes and Tell Me What You See’: Sex and Politics in Lukas Moodysson's Films

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This chapter focuses on a filmmaker from Sweden who may not have received as much analytical attention as other directors of the new extremism but whose work is nonetheless key to an understanding of a wider European turn towards the extreme: Lukas Moodysson. It examines the reception of Moodysson's work in Sweden, where he has developed a reputation as a politically subversive filmmaker. In particular, it analyses his fifth feature film A Hole in My Heart (Sweden, 2004), which is notable for its controversial and sensationalist images, including close-up plastic surgery on labia. The chapter notes that the film did not fare as well with audiences as some of Moodysson's earlier films, though critics were more favourable towards it and tended to read it as a scathing critique of the pornography industry. Considering the links between Moodysson's filmmaking and the Swedish feminist anti-porn movement, this chapter argues that, despite his reputation as a radical, there is a much more conservative strain running through his work than is generally acknowledged.

Keywords: Lukas Moodysson; Sweden; new extremism; A Hole in My Heart; pornography; anti-porn movement; plastic surgery; labia; sensationalist images

Chapter.  5811 words. 

Subjects: Film

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