Starring Mathilda Paradeiser, Linda Molin, Isabella Lindquist, Adam Lundgren
UK CINEMA RELEASE DATE: 18 MAY 2012
“Thrillingly subverts the coming-of-age genre… one of the most intense and complex feature debuts to come from Sweden since Lukas Moodyson’s Show Me Love“Variety
A taboo-busting modern Western, Lisa Aschan’s debut feature She Monkeys presents a trio of young women for whom gender is both weapon and toy, pushing the boundaries of political correctness to breaking point. Winner of Best Narrative Feature at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival and receiving a Special Mention at the Berlin Film Festival 2011, She Monkeys recently won 3 Guldblagge Awards, equivalent of the Swedish Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Sound
Emma (Mathilda Paradeiser) is a girl who likes to be in control. When she tries out for the local voltige (equestrian vaulting) team she meets Cassandra (Linda Molin), a strong, attractive and vivacious girl. As they get to know each other they share a sense of wicked fun and quickly become best friends. But feelings of jealousy, competiveness and sexual attraction have them pushing each other to their limits. As Emma spends more time away from home with Cassandra, little sister Sara (Isabella Lindquist) begins to discover her own sexual identity, all the while pining for affection from a reluctant babysitter.
Director Lisa Aschan graduated from The National Film School of Denmark in 2005. Known for her suggestive visual language, naturalistic direction, and unique talent for telling a story in actions instead of words, she sees filmmaking as a way to explore the world, not simply give it form. Her short films In Transit and Goodbye Bluebird have been shown in film festivals around the world. Aschan directed the BAFTA award winning and Emmy nominated Danish crime TV series ‘The Killing’, from which a US remake has been made. She Monkeys is her first feature film.