First, my own reactionary charge that A Hole in My Heart is a nihilistic film. Thinking about that, there are simply too many moments of on-screen human vulnerability for me to feel comfortable with that kind of label. Though some will disagree, I found Moodysson's previous film, Lilya-4-Ever, to be a much harder film to sit through and much more belonging to a nihilist creed (though Moodysson ends Lilya with some "angel wings", that wasn't enough to lift it out of 24/7 hell). In comparison, I would argue that A Hole in My Heart is fighting for this world. A recurring image in the film is of Eric (the most ethical character) leaning against a poster of the Earth that's pinned between the corners of the wall. Dwarfing the photo of our world, it's as if Eric is its protector, shielding it from the grotesqueries going on outside his room.
Outside his room is where Eric's father, his father's friend, and a young woman are shooting some hardcore amateur porn. The time sequence is unclear. The way the film is edited, moving between the apparent past and present, we could be witnessing the passage of four hours or four weeks. Somewhere within this wormhole, Eric and Tess (the young woman) become intimate friends. "Close your eyes and tell me what you see", Tess says to Eric as they face each other and nod off on white sheets. This gentle, non-sexual command from Tess opens and closes the film, bookending the sometimes incomprehensible barbaric behavior on screen, and putting the thought in ones head that perhaps this was ... a dream????
Eh... I don't know. Tough to say. But I like that better than the theory of A Hole in My Heart being a left-wing political screed. Sure, the interpretive door is open for that, for an appeal towards an authoritarian social-engineering call to arms to wipe out "evil consumerism", but I refuse to believe that a movie which has lingered with me for so long could be devoted to such simple-minded intentions. If so, then Moodysson probably would have called his movie My Heart on My Sleeve instead of the much more inward and intense title that he gave it.