She Monkeys

She Monkeys

Emma is a girl who likes to control. When she tries out for the local voltige team she meets Cassandra, a strong, attractive and vivacious girl. As they get to know each other they share a sense of wicked fun and quickly become best friends. But rapid-fire confusion sets in. Feelings of jealousy, competiveness and sexual attraction have them pushing each other to their limits. As Emma spends more and more time away from home with Cassandra, her little sister Sara begins to discover her own sexual identity, all the while pining for affection from a reluctant babysitter. 3.3 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
She Monkeys

Omniscore:

Certificate
Genre Comedy, Sport
Director Lisa Aschan
Cast Linda Molin, Isabella Lindquist, Sergej Merkusjev, Adam Lundgren Mathilda Paradeiser
Studio Peccadillo Pictures
Release Date May 2012
Running Time 84 mins
 

Emma is a girl who likes to control. When she tries out for the local voltige team she meets Cassandra, a strong, attractive and vivacious girl. As they get to know each other they share a sense of wicked fun and quickly become best friends. But rapid-fire confusion sets in. Feelings of jealousy, competiveness and sexual attraction have them pushing each other to their limits. As Emma spends more and more time away from home with Cassandra, her little sister Sara begins to discover her own sexual identity, all the while pining for affection from a reluctant babysitter.

Reviews

The Evening Standard

Charlotte O'Sullivan

Cinema loves a catfight and wounded narcissists are 10 a penny. But, here, there are no victims or baddies. Even as it acknowledges the pressure exerted by capitalism and prurient adult mores, Aschan’s story keeps the focus on three tremulous individuals. As you leave the cinema, you may feel a tad wobbly, too.

18/05/2012

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Time Out

Cath Clarke

Life might not always be easy for teen girls in arthouse films, but it can get a bit samey: shyly discovering their sexuality when no one in the world understands them. But with her mysterious, gripping debut, Swedish director Lisa Aschan deliciously subverts the coming-of-age formula.

16/05/2012

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

... an unpredictable, memorable little story

20/05/2012

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The Observer

Philip French

... extremely accomplished directorial ...

20/05/2012

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Empire Magazine

Philip Wilding

A disjointed but refreshingly subversive character drama.

14/05/2012

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Total Film

Matt Glasby

Aschan’s tale of burgeoning (homo) sexuality among Swedish teens may sound like a pocket-fiddler’s dream, but proves rather sweeter than its synopsis.

08/05/2012

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The Financial Times

Raphael Abraham

As with so much Scandi drama, it’s what isn’t said that draws us in. Aschan gives her film a glacial surface while suggesting a maelstrom of suppressed rage and sexual urges just beneath.

17/05/2012

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The Guardian

Andrew Pulver

Suffers a little from its resolute avoidance of titillation – a little more passion would not have gone amiss – but it's a worthwhile effort nonetheless.

17/05/2012

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

The story doesn't move along conventional rails, and is generally the more intriguing for it. The sight of a stallion mounting a mare is perhaps de trop – talk about a gratuitous sex scene – but elsewhere the film is graced with subtle and disquieting touches of comedy.

18/05/2012

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The Times

Wendy Ide

Has drawn comparisons with both Lukas Moodysson’s debut Show Me Love and with Celine Sciama’s Water Lilies. But it’s neither as witty as the former or as beguiling as the latter.

18/05/2012

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