Deep in the Latin American jungle, eight teens constitute a paramilitary unit. Their task is simple and consists of guarding an American woman who has been taken hostage and a dairy cow called Shakira. However, sometimes it’s the simple tasks that prove the most difficult, especially for youngsters.
The psychedelic adventure Monos immerses you in the world of pubescent child soldiers. In this whirlpool, human logic has been thrown overboard and nature’s laws apply. Director Alejandro Landes combines Lord of the Flies and Heart of Darkness, but in a hybrid, post-colonial context. His film critiques imperialism and the violence of war, how we think about gender, bodies, and sexuality – puberty in the film is depicted as a battle that rages in the body. Jasper Wolf’s super-sharp images and Mica Levi’s playful, rousing, but also disturbing soundtrack make Monos a nail-biting cinematic experience about the unexpected consequences of growing up amid war and violence.