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Monos

Directed by: Alejandro Landes | 2019 | 1h 45m | Rated R | IN SPANISH W/ ENGLISH SUBTITLES

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O Cinema South Beach

1130 Washington Ave, Miami Beach (786) 471-3269

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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 (Cocalero, Porfirio), 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.

“A towering filmic achievement, “Monos” pulsates like an inescapable vivid trance, cosmic and terrestrial at once, fantastical and violently stark, about victims and victimizers. Like all dualities, those in this excursion are two bends that belong to the same river.”
– LOS ANGELES TIMES

“A monumentally cinematic experience of lush wilderness and raw emotions…. Monos is elevated into epic territory by the superb work of cinematographer Jasper Wolf.”
– ROGEREBERT.COM

“In between these atmospheric moments, something coheres in your head, a nightmarish thought. Is this our future?”
– TIME OUT