When Emma meets Cassandra, they initiate a relationship filled with physical and psychological challenges. Emma does whatever it takes to master the rules of the game. Lines are crossed and the stakes get higher and higher.
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Excellent and subtle drama of two teenage girls set in the world of equestrian gymnastics ("vaulting"). Recommended if you like films about relationships between women, or even if you just like horses. A well-crafted film.
Emma s’inscrit à un concours de voltige équestre où la grande favorite est la charismatique Cassandra. Les deux filles se lient immédiatement d’amitié. Un jeu sexuel et psychologique ambigu commence alors entre elles.
Pour ce 1r long prometteur, Lisa Aschan décrit l’adolescence féminine et ses découvertes. L’univers intrigue et le récit trouble et le tout est porté par le jeu de ces trois brillantes actrices.
A compelling look at simmering adolescent female sexuality and competitiveness within a motherless family unit. Set against the backdrop of the Swedish teen equestrian scene, for a first film this is really decent. It's beautifully shot with a subtle, inventive score and great performances from everyone. It manages to dip into some tricky territory without crossing over into Solondz-creep-exploitation. 3.5 stars
And that's, how you get your own way! Stoic and controlled on all levels. Cinematically, musically, creatively and in the dialogue. Measured pace with a few odd outbreaks of shock. An interesting look at a competitive world.
Beautiful cinematography throughout the movie. It's inspiring and touching through the details it presents. The characters' stories are familiar to every teenager, yet the performers manage to create an ambiance of mystique around these experiences. How they move through their feelings and personal challenges is followed very closely by the movie-makers. A very reflective movie in general.
A disturbing exploration of ambiguous power relations, the action operating at the fine line between playfulness and perversity. Aschan cleverly depicts this at three life stages: the young girl unknowingly confronts the adults with their sense of taboo, while the teenagers experiment and discover their capacity to push at sexual and relational boundaries. I found it stayed with me long after the end.