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She Monkeys (2011)

Apflickorna (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Sport | 2 September 2011 (Sweden)
Two adolescent girls on an equine acrobatics team form an intimate friendship that becomes threatened by their competitive nature.

Director:

Lisa Aschan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mathilda Paradeiser ... Emma
Linda Molin ... Cassandra
Isabella Lindquist Isabella Lindquist ... Sara
Sergej Merkusjev Sergej Merkusjev ... Ivan
Adam Lundgren ... Jens
Sigmund Hovind Sigmund Hovind ... Tobias
Kevin Caicedo Vega Kevin Caicedo Vega ... Sebastian
Nasrin Pakkho Nasrin Pakkho ... Simfröken
Maria Hedborg Maria Hedborg ... Voltigetränaren
Inger Lindberg Inger Lindberg ... Linföraren
Elin Söderquist Elin Söderquist ... Badvakten
Malin Müller Malin Müller ... Expediten
Rebecka Ahlström Rebecka Ahlström ... Alice
Emma Liljeflod Emma Liljeflod ... Malin
Johanna Bergstedt Johanna Bergstedt ... Ida
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Storyline

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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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Sweden

Language:

Swedish

Release Date:

2 September 2011 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

She Monkeys See more »

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Budget:

€1,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

Saras dance
(Olle Hagberg / Björn Synneby)
Performed by Pacific! & Fox Machine
Song / Maja Gödicke
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Effectively disturbing and unnerving film about emerging adolescent female sexuality and power.
31 October 2016 | by runamokprodsSee all my reviews

More powerfully tense than many thrillers full of action and blood, this finds the terror in the small gestures of growing up, and the enormous implications behind them.

In the main story, adolescent Emma befriends cool girl Cassandra as they train to be part of a team that does gymnastics on horseback. Both friends and rivals, director Aschan manages to load almost every scene between the two with incredible unease. It seems as if at any moment they are either going to tear each others clothes off and make love, or kill each other, or kill someone else -- any and all combinations seem possible as they test their limits on the ragged edge of adulthood.

At the same time, Emma's 7 year old sister Sara is pushed by the world around her to become aware of her body with alternating pride, curiosity and shame, and her nascent sexuality leads to some wildly uncomfortable scenes with the adult men in her family. This never crossed the line into exploitation, but it effectively made me want to jump out of my skin, while making me ponder the deeper thematic and psychological/social issues.

One thing bothered me; the very end of the film seemed to over-simplify the mysterious complexity of much that had preceded it, reducing the story to something more pedestrian, and taking some of the considerable wind out of the film's sails. But this is still one of the better films about the terrors of youthful sexuality I've seen in a long while.


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