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She Monkeys (Apflickorna) (2011)

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She Monkeys is a modern western about control, sex and creatures, directed by Lisa Aschan. 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. -- (C) Official Site

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With her mysterious, gripping debut, Swedish director Lisa Aschan deliciously subverts the coming-of-age formula.

May 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Lisa Aschan's remarkable debut shows girls aping adult sexuality and power-plays. Female adolescence becomes a gasping for air and grasping for achievement, getting ahead of a rival or friend (the distinction blurs) however one can.

December 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

A distant attempt at something more personal.

April 25, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys
HeyUGuys

A courageous, periodically unsettling coming-of-age tale, She Monkeys is the arresting first feature from director Lisa Aschan.

May 23, 2012 Full Review Source: The List
The List

An intriguing and unsettling exploration of female friendship, rivalry and burgeoning sexuality.

May 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Examines with subtlety and wit the dangerously mischievous, highly competitive friendship between two good-looking teenage girls at an equestrian school in Gothenburg.

May 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

This quietly tense drama piercingly probes the travails of young girls on the cusp of womanhood, with all of the hormone-fuelled jealousy, duplicity and confusion that this entails.

May 19, 2012 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

[A] bitter, stalkerish view of the inner lives of girls that pushes boundaries to get nowhere.

May 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Built on the shifting sands of childhood and adolescence, She Monkeys has an undercurrent of unease in which the characters are struggling to become 'adult', whatever that may mean.

May 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

It 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.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Aschan gives her film a glacial surface while suggesting a maelstrom of suppressed rage and sexual urges just beneath.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Capturing the awkwardness and out-and-out terror of becoming a woman, She Monkeys is a gripping, genre-blending triumph elevated by commanding performances from its young cast.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A deftly measured, deeply unsettling portrait of a power struggle.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

A disjointed but refreshingly subversive character drama.

May 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

[It] may sound like a pocket-fiddler's dream, but proves rather sweeter than its synopsis.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Captivating and powerfully emotional, this is a strikingly assured debut from director Lisa Aschan with a pair of terrific performances from newcomers Mathilda Paradeiser and Linda Molin and a scene-stealing turn from young Isabella Lindquist.

October 13, 2011 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

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