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She Monkeys (2011)

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Two adolescent girls on an equine acrobatics team form an intimate friendship that becomes threatened by their competitive nature.

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Sara
Sergej Merkusjev ...
Ivan
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Alice
Emma Liljeflod ...
Malin
Johanna Bergstedt ...
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When Emma meets Cassandra, they initiate a relationship filled with physical and psychological challenges. Emma does whatever it takes to master the rules of the game. Lines are crossed and the stakes get higher and higher. Despite this, Emma can't resist the intoxicating feeling of total control. Written by Atmo

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She Monkeys is a modern western about power, sex, and creatures.

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Drama | Sport

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2 September 2011 (Sweden)  »

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€1,000,000 (estimated)
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Horse or Peacock
(Olle Hagberg / Björn Synneby)
Performed by Pacific! & Fox Machine, Örgryte Girl choir & Youth choir Coro
Choir manager / Claes-Göran Lundgren
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Girls left alone and horses ignored
19 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

Watching this film I was reminded of a hard-to-define need for ethical treatment of characters and issues in a film. By that I don't mean films can't describe ethically challenging or ambivalent situations, they should. But there should be a sense of commitment to the characters and the issues. This film was lacking in that. As a result, it felt pointless and disturbing.

The plot centers around two teenage girls who are competing in the sport that consists of doing gymnastics on top of a galloping horse. One, two, three girls on a single horse running in circles to the sound of a whiplash. I would like to see this sport, which completely seems to forget the horse is sentient, forgotten. The film could have used it as a metaphor, but I don't think it did. I think the horse was ignored in the meta level as well. This is the kind of lack of commitment I mean.

Harrowing things happen to the teenage girls and a seven-year-old little sister. The viewer is presented with hardly any tools to understand them or care for them. Thus, it feels they are left alone. There is one illuminating scene though: Cassandra asks Emma what she wants (a question misplaced, as it seems to be Cassandra at that moment who is acting out of unclear desires) and Emma replies "I want to be like I was before".

As far as I can tell, there is nothing wrong with the acting or the technical work of the crew.


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