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Together (Swedish: Tillsammans) is a 2000 comedy/drama film by Swedish director Lukas Moodysson. Set in a Stockholm commune called "Tillsammans" (Swedish for "Together") in 1975, it is a satirical view of socialist values and a bittersweet comedy.

Elisabeth leaves her abusive and drunken husband Rolf, she packs her bags, takes the kids and goes to her brother Göran. Living in this leftist commune are people between the ages of 25 and 35, along with their children. It is there where most of the film takes place, and there where things happen that affect not only the extended family members, but a few more.


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  • Beware the Quiet Ones: When Extreme Doormat Göran sees how resolutely Elisabeth handles Rolf, he suddenly finds the strength to throw Lena out of the house.
  • Birds of a Feather: Fredrik and Eva find out that they have the same diopter and that both are subject to bullying at school and kind of lonely character which creates a strong bond between them.
  • Commune: This film is set in a 1975 leftist commune in Stockholm.
  • Distress Ball: Rolf picks a fight with the kitchen staff at the restaurant for no apparent reason. He gets locked up, leaving his two kids waiting alone in the street.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Rolf does this after Elisabeth breaks up with him. Then again, he was The Alcoholic to begin with.
  • Exiled to the Couch: Rolf is allowed to sleep at the commune but only on the couch.
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  • The Glasses Come Off: Lena takes off the glasses of the neighbor boy when teasing him.
  • The Grovel: Rolf coming to say sorry with a bouquet of flowers.
  • Hairy Girl: Anna refuses to shave her armpit hair. Then again, this is The '70s.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: Twice does Klas show his willy.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Stefan's attempt to fight back against the bully who took Eva's glasses results in said glasses to get broken. Eva is not amused.
  • Nosy Neighbor: Equipped with binoculars.
  • Quick Nip: The Alcoholic Rolf takes a nip from his flask at the restaurant toilet.
  • Poverty Food: In the commune cooked porridge is served on a regular basis for economical reasons, much to the kids' dismay. Göran tries to sugarcoat the meal to them by comparing the porridge to commune life.
  • Right Through the Wall: Göran is forced to listen to his girlfriend Lena having an immodest orgasm with Erik next door.
  • The Sons and the Spears: How Göran compares porridge to commune life.
    "You could say that we are like porridge. First we're like small oatflakes. Small, dry, fragile, alone... but then we're cooked with the other oatflakes and become soft. We join so that one flake can't be told apart from another. We're almost dissolved. Together we become a big porridge... that's warm, tasty and nutritious, and yes, quite beautiful, too."
  • Would Hit a Girl: We are told that Rolf has been hitting Elisabeth repeatedly when drunk.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The neighbor hits his son which turns his wife into Mama Bear.


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