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Marina Antunes [Celluloid 07.06.11] Sweden movie trailer news drama

When you describe a film as "one of the most intense and complex feature debuts to come from Sweden since Lukas Moodysson's Show Me Love," you're bound to get my attention. But it's not as if Lisa Aschan's feature film debut She Monkeys (Apflickorna) is just now appearing on the festival circuit. Lauded at Tribeca with the best narrative feature prize as well as a special mention at Berlin, some are calling Aschan's drama one of the best films of the year.

Focusing on the friendship of two girls on an equestrian gymnastic team, Aschan's film plays with ideas of friendship and rivalry between two teen girls and apparently breaks taboos with its depiction of developing sexuality. The Tribeca jury commented that it "speaks of sex, adolescence, power, and ambition." Basically, this isn't your typical teenage drama.

With more festival screenings scheduled for the coming months it's likely that She Monkeys will pick up a few more accolades. The film doesn't yet have a trailer nor an American distributor and I doubt one will be easy to find considering the risqué-sounding approach to the material (provocative images like this one certainly don't help matters any) but there are a few clips floating around which set a beautiful aesthetic and tone for the film.

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