She Monkeys


This audacious debut took top honours at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

Director: Lisa Aschan
Year: 2011
Country: Sweden
Running time: 84 mins
Censor Rating: M - sexual themes

Producer: Helene Lindholm
Screenplay: Lisa Aschan, Josefine Adolfsson
Photography: Linda Wassberg
Editor: Kristofer Nordin
Music: Sami Sänpäkkilä

In Swedish with English subtitles


With: Mathilda Paradeiser (Emma), Linda Molin (Cassandra), Isabella Lindquist (Sara), Sergej Merkusjev (Ivan), Adam Lundgren (Jens), Sigmund Hovind (Tobias), Kevin Caicedo Vega (Sebastian)

Festivals: Berlin, Tribeca, San Francisco 2011

Best Film, Tribeca Film Festival 2011

Immersed in the world of competitive equestrian vaulting, introverted striver Emma and cool, self-assured Cassandra find themselves drawn to each other, first as friends, then as rivals. Meanwhile, Emma’s eight-year-old sister tests out her own understanding of attraction and power as she attempts to seduce her alarmed teenage babysitter. Incisive direction and unwavering performances by a non-professional cast lend startling force and psychological exactness to this raw, sexually charged drama of adolescent power play and small-town emotional austerity. — BG

“One of the most intense and complex feature debuts to come from Sweden since Lukas Moodysson’s Fucking Åmål, director Lisa Aschan thrillingly subverts the coming-of-age genre, political correctness, gender roles and (without ever becoming graphic) just about everything to do with the depiction of developing sexuality in the taboo-breaking She Monkeys.” — Alissa Simon, Variety

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