Apflickorna (She Monkeys) by Lisa Aschan (2011)

Tale of competition, cruel games, love, fascination and friendship.

The film tells the story of two young girls who practice together a what seems to be quite risky sport of horse riding acrobatics – professionally called equestrian vaulting.

Both girls – Emma (Mathilda Paradeiser) and Cassandra (Linda Molin) are very pretty – each one in her own way. Emma has a younger sister, who aspires to be the third leading role and as a trio the ensemble works out quite well.

When it comes to the story itself and the way in which it is told – it is a very nice film with a great pace, warmly attempting at depicting the relationship between Emma and Cassandra, in which Emma seems to be the defeated for most of the time given Cassandra can be perceived as an evil character. It is hard to say whether she is jealous of Emma whom she thinks of as a rival or if she is in love with her, which adds the lovely level of ambiguity which is more than desired in this kind of cinema. A recommend.

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