Released: 18/05/2012 Released in key citiesSwedish writer and director, Lisa Aschan takes from the Western genre, but infuses it with intense coming-of-age angst in her inventive feature debut. After meeting at the local voltige team (horseback acrobatics), Cassandra and Emma quickly become inseparable, but the stage is set for power plays as the girls push each other to the psychological limit. For more information visit: http://www.peccapics.com/View/id,246 Buy: http://www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema/Hackney_Picturehouse/film/She_Monkeys/ Watch:
Little White Lies“A deftly measured, deeply unsettling portrait of a power struggle...” Skillfully establishes an emerging undercurrent of danger, and even violence, in the girls’ relationship. What’s genuinely taboo breaking here is the idea of femininity as a weapon...
Guardian“Tremulous, pained study of awkward emotions...” 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...
Film4“Coming-of-age Western loaded with latent sex and violence...” Like all adolescents, the three girls are fighting a losing battle with their hormones to master their bodies and desires. Anyone who's ever been a teenage girl will come away thanking their lucky star that they aren't anymore...
Total Film “Proves rather sweeter than its synopsis...” “I want to be like I was before,” she says, plaintively, when sex rears its head – just one of many truthful, minor-key moments in a film that plays like Lasse Hallström’s My Life As A Dog meets Father Ted’s ‘My Lovely Horse’...
Empire“Disjointed but refreshingly subversive character drama...” entative, drunken kisses, a father tickling his daughter’s stomach, a girl destroying her horse figurine — that either feel disquieting or threatening, but fail to harry along this detached meditation on youthful longing...
Time Out“Deliciously subverts the coming-of-age formula... ” Life might not always be easy for teen girls in arthouse films, but it can get a bit samey: shyly discovering their sexuality when no one in the world understands them...
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