"Zetterling's militantly sardonic humor [...] provides an awareness of the film's frequent ludicrousness that both lightens and sharpens her critique." - Fernando Croce, Slant Magazine
Three actresses prepare to go on the road in a theater production of "Lysistrata," Aristophanes’ classic comic play about women and war. As they re-assess and deal with the problems in their respective private lives, they recognize the parallels with the play and begin to realize that it is serious (even tragic) after all. THE GIRLS is actress Mai Zetterling’s fourth feature film as director and is a key work in feminist cinema, presenting the eccentric, often funny and very positive way the three women’s minds work.
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A wonderful update of Lysistrata and the raging war between the sexes (even when it's hiding beneath life's subtleties.) I love how the writers used the actresses who were acting in the play to show how actors can be awakened by a work of art and want to share that discovery with an apathetic world. I was surprised to see the men say some of the things they did, blatantly showing themselves in a bad light at times but I adore this film! A new favorite for this feminist!
The Girls are funny, decadent, sensual, and right on!!!