THE MONOS ARE NOT PLAYING AROUND….
30th November 2019
South American war drama “Monos” is one of the most exciting international features directed by Alejandro Landes, who also co-wrote the screenplay (with Alexis Dos Santos)
The story follows a fictional group of child rebel forces known as “Monos”, camped on a remote Colombian mountaintop, showing their day-to-day activities – involving regular training drills, watching over a POW referred to as Doctora and looking after a milch cow named Shakira; the exploitation of the latter a clever, visual analogy to the children and their place in The Organization. In this bleak, visually stunning feature, set in a ruthless tough world, we witness a large amount of hostility not only directed at the American prisoner, who is tortured by the children, but also the Monos themselves – regularly demeaning each other, and growing up to be the product of their harsh, unforgiving environment.
Monos is a film that needs to be reflected upon, as graphically brutal as it is heart-melting, and one we cannot recommend you to see enough. Much like “The Beasts of No Nation”, it’s brave and uncompromising, and hence worthy of being seen in times when independent features have never been fighting so hard for their showcase in cinema.