Monkeys on Horseback

New Swedish feature film She Monkeys is set in the world of vaulting:

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.

Swedish director Lisa Aschan was also responsible for Forbrydelsen/The Killing, a smash hit for BBC 4 and once produced a series of made-up ads for a brand of weaponized tampons, called Fuck the Rapist. In this interview with Medium Rare TV she says she chose vaulting because “I just like horses, and I grew up in the countryside in between two farms, so I’ve been surrounded with this.”

It’ll be released in the UK in May 2012 and has already won awards at the Tribeca and Berlin Film Festivals. Thanks to Karen Krizanovich for the tip off.

Published by Susanna Forrest

Writer Amazons of Paris, The Age of the Horse and If Wishes Were Horses.

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