Imagine - Monos
Alejandro Landes / NL, DEUZE, AR, CO, UY, SE, 2019 / 102 min.
Teenage guerrilla soldiers on booze and mushrooms in hallucinatory jungle thriller that mixes Heart of Darkness with Lord of the Flies.
A group of teenage guerrilla soldiers in the Amazon mountains guard an American hostage and a cow named Shakira. They spend most of their time drinking, partying and playing with their weapons. After a calamitous event, the hostage plays out the soldiers against each other in an attempt to escape. Hallucinatory jungle thriller mixes Heart of Darkness with Lord of the Flies.
The teenage soldiers are part of The Organization and go with names like Rambo, Bigfoot, Wolf and Dog. What their organisation and mission are about remains vague, as director Alejandro Landes is not interested in a political child soldier story. His approach is an allegorical and at times mythical one, where he unfolds the story like a jungle action thriller. There is lots of ambiguity here, with sexual tension between all soldiers male and female, and a hostage that seems to veer between Stockholm Syndrome and the urge to escape. The breathtaking cinematography is from Dutch DoP Jasper Wolf, while Mica Levi (Under the Skin) provides another dense and percussive score that underlines the ever building tension.
13 April, VPRO presents Monos, with introduction by Gerhard Busch
NL, DEUZE, AR, CO, UY, SE