Adapted from a semi-autobiographical, Daniel Clowes-style graphic novel by Moodysson's wife, Coco, it's the rare film about adolescence that doesn't seem exclusively targeted either to teens or to adults.
Sensibly deciding that they need at least some informed musical influence, Bobo recruits another classmate, skilled classical guitarist Hedvig (Liv LeMoyne), after seeing her play at a school talent show.
There's a Polaroid softness to Ulf Brantas' lensing, while interiors and costumes alike pop with clashing colors and textures, but the film steers just clear of camp in this department: Linda Janson and Paola Holmer's production design is particularly perceptive, marking differences in social status by showing just how much of the 1970s lingers in different households.
Music supervisor Rasmus Thord, obviously, has a ball with the material, though there's nothing on the soundtrack quite as catchy as an artless original ditty titled "Brezhnev and Reagan, Fuck Off!"
© 2013 Variety Media, LLC, a subsidiary of Penske Business Media; Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC