Episodes one, five, six and eight
He is the best! Lukas Moodysson’s long-awaited return and first TV series is a loving satire about the nicest child psychologist in provincial Sweden.
Dir-Scr Lukas Moodysson
Exec Prod Hanne Palmquist, Steve Matthews, Antony Root
Prod Lars Jönsson
With Vilhelm Blomgren, Mattias Silvell, Amy Deasismont, Clara Christiansson Drake, Regina Lund
Sales ReInvent Studios International Sales
With English subtitles
Last seen at LFF with 2013’s widely adored girl-punk charmer We Are the Best!, Swedish writer-director Lukas Moodysson returns with his first foray into episodic television. Described by its creator as ‘a mix of comedy and Dostoevsky – as funny as possible and as serious as possible,’ the focus of Gösta is its extremely kind title character. A 28-year-old psychologist for children and adolescents, Gösta has relocated from Stockholm to rustic Småland to begin working at a small local clinic. Played with floppy-haired sweetness by rising Swedish star Vilhelm Blomgren (Midsommar), he’s the type of person who’ll give you a ride home if he catches you trying to steal his bike. Our hero is not only aiding an asylum seeker with a visa appeal, but also has the man staying at his house. As the show unfolds, Gösta’s abode becomes crammed with troubled guests, most notably his hilariously chaotic father and a teenage patient who can’t face her parents. It’s too much for Gösta’s medical student girlfriend Melissa, who insists that he can’t help everyone. Affectionately lampooning youthful idealism, Gösta is a contemporary cousin to Moodysson’s 1970s-set commune classic Together, while his empathetic storytelling transfers perfectly to the small screen.
See our Screen Talk: Lukas Moodysson.