She Monkeys (Apflickorna)
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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"With her mysterious, gripping debut, Swedish director Lisa Aschan deliciously subverts the coming-of-age formula."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"A courageous, periodically unsettling coming-of-age tale, She Monkeys is the arresting first feature from director Lisa Aschan."
‑ Emma Simmonds, The List
"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."
‑ Shaun Munro, What Culture
"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."
‑ Andrew Pulver, Guardian
"A deftly measured, deeply unsettling portrait of a power struggle."
‑ Emma Dibdin, Little White Lies
"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."
‑ Brian Gibson, Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
"An intriguing and unsettling exploration of female friendship, rivalry and burgeoning sexuality."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"[A] bitter, stalkerish view of the inner lives of girls that pushes boundaries to get nowhere."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Aschan gives her film a glacial surface while suggesting a maelstrom of suppressed rage and sexual urges just beneath."
‑ Raphael Abraham, Financial Times
"A disjointed but refreshingly subversive character drama."
‑ Philip Wilding, Empire Magazine
"A distant attempt at something more personal."
‑ Ashley Norris, HeyUGuys
"Examines with subtlety and wit the dangerously mischievous, highly competitive friendship between two good-looking teenage girls at an equestrian school in Gothenburg."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"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."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"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."
‑ , Film4
"[It] may sound like a pocket-fiddler's dream, but proves rather sweeter than its synopsis."
‑ Matt Glasby, Total Film
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