She Monkeys

August 3rd, 2011


She Monkeys

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When Emma meets Cassandra, they initiate a relationship filled with physical and psychological challenges...

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.1/10 (602 voted)

Director: Lisa Aschan

Stars: Mathilda Paradeiser, Linda Molin, Isabella Lindquist

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.

Writers: Lisa Aschan, Josefine Adolfsson

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

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


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Release Date: 3 August 2011

Filming Locations: Gothenburg, Västra Götalands län, Sweden

Box Office Details

Budget: €1,000,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs

Runtime: Sweden:

User Review

Rivalry and friendship between budding girls on a sports team

Rating: 7/10

Swedish first-timer Lisa Aschan's She Monkeys is like Céline Sciamma's 2007 French coming-of-ager Water Lilies/Naissance des pieuvres, about two girls who bond around a challenging female sport, in Water Lilies water ballet, and here, equestrian gymnastics. There is a popular, or more confident, girl, and the more timid newcomer, though the distinction gets twisted along the way when the strong girl turns out not to be invincible. Here it's introverted Emma (Mathilda Paradeiser) and more experienced equestrian Cassandra (Linda Molin), who become playful friends, and later when Emma turns out to be strong and promising, rivals. This is different from the French film in that the two challenge each other to more real wrongdoing, and Emma has a seven-year-old sister Sara (Isabella Lindquist), whose desire to become a woman and precocious lust for her babysitter cousin Sebastian (Kevin Caicedo Vega) leads her to extravagances of her own. In fact when the energy begins to fade in the Cassandra-Emma relationship, Sara comes in handy by providing comic relief that also pushes boundaries a bit.

She Monkeys may push boundaries a bit more, but it is less successful at showing its two "girlfriends" in a real social context than the French film is. Nonetheless She Monkeys clearly establishes that Lisa Ashan, whose first feature this is as Water Lilies was Sciamma's, is a talent to watch with a distinctive style.

Apflickorna (the original title) is the fifth and last of a series of low budget first films chosen by competition for the Swedish Film Institute's Rookie Project. It won the Gothenberg, Sweden festival's Nordic film prize and critics' award. Seen and reviewed as part of the San Francisco film festival of 2011, this debuted in the US at Tribeca in 2010.


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