Monos

Showings

O Cinema South Beach Fri, Oct 4 7:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Fri, Oct 4 9:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Sat, Oct 5 3:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Sat, Oct 5 5:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Sat, Oct 5 7:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Sat, Oct 5 9:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Sun, Oct 6 3:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Sun, Oct 6 5:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Sun, Oct 6 7:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Sun, Oct 6 9:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Mon, Oct 7 7:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Mon, Oct 7 9:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Tue, Oct 8 7:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Tue, Oct 8 9:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Wed, Oct 9 7:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Wed, Oct 9 9:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Thu, Oct 10 7:00 PM
O Cinema South Beach Thu, Oct 10 9:00 PM

Description

On a faraway mountaintop, eight teenaged guerillas with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow. Playing games and initiating cult-like rituals, the children run amok in the jungle and disaster strikes when the hostage tries to escape.

 

Belonging to a rebel group called “the Organization,” a ragtag band of child soldiers, brandishing guns and war names like Rambo, Wolf, Lady, and Bigfoot, occupies a derelict ruin atop a remote mountain where they train themselves, watch over a “conscripted” milk cow, and hold hostage a kidnapped American engineer, Doctora (Julianne Nicholson). But after an attack forces them to abandon their base, playtime is over for the motley young crew.

 

The visionary third feature of Alejandro Landes (CocaleroPorfirio), MONOS captivates us with its striking baroque aesthetic, otherworldly setting, and ingenious reframing of the war film—one that uses adolescence to insinuate a youthful but elusive dream of peace. With enthralling performances from Nicholson and a talented young ensemble led by Moises Arias, Landes constructs a stylized, deceptively surreal space that teeters between tedium and hedonism, made more unsettling by its disquieting soundscape and Mica Levi’s brilliant score. As they descend into a jungle, captors and captive alike find themselves in an increasingly anarchic, unhinged “nowhere world” that echoes Lord of the Flies and Apocalypse Now.

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