The third feature from Alejandro Landes (Porfirio, Cocalero), Monos is a striking survivalist thriller.
Exiled on a remote mountainside in Latin America, the Monos are a teenage guerrilla group. The teenagers – who bear names like Rambo, Smurf, Big foot and Boom-Boom – perform military exercises by day, keep watch over an American hostage, and party hedonistically at night, a make shift family bound together by a mysterious shadowy forces known only as The Organisation. When an ambush drives them deep into the forest one night, the bonds between the group begin to crumble and order descends into chaos.
A vivid, dreamlike spin on Lord of the Flies, set amidst staggering scenery, this is a mesmeric, memorable watch, cut through with wild, brutal beauty. With a score from Mica Levi (Under the Skin, Jackie) this is original filmmaking at its best.