She Monkeys (Apflickorna)
She Monkeys (Apflickorna) (2011)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 22, 2011
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Cath Clarke
Time Out

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

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Emma Simmonds
The List

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

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Shaun Munro
What Culture

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.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

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Jason Best
Movie Talk

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

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

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

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Ashley Norris

A distant attempt at something more personal.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

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

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

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.

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