She Monkeys

[12a]

Sweden 2012, 83 mins
Director: Lisa Aschan
Starring: Isabella Lindquist, Adam Lundgren, Mathilda Paradeiser, Linda Molin

Lisa Aschan's SHE MONKEYS is an intense and taboo-challenging drama about teenage sexual awakening with powerful, naturalistic performances from its young actors.

When Emma tries out for the local voltige (horseback acrobatics) team she befriends the attractive and confident Cassandra, but feelings of jealousy, competitiveness and sexual attraction have them pushing each other to their limits. Unconstrained by political correctness, the film encourages a perceptive assessment of teenage sexuality where gender is both a weapon and a toy.

Beautifully crafted, SHE MONKEYS found a rhythm as spellbinding as the sound of horses' hooves that punctuates the film.

"One of the most intense and complex feature debuts to come from Sweden since Lukas Moodyson's Show Me Love" - Variety