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With a rapturous score by Mica Levi (only her third, after UNDER THE SKIN and JACKIE), director Alejandro Landes examines the chaos and absurdity of war from the unique perspective of adolescence, recalling LORD OF THE FLIES and BEAU TRAVAIL in a way that feels wholly original. Landes brings together a diverse young cast of both seasoned professionals (including Hannah Montana's Moisés Arias) and untrained neophytes and thrusts them into an unforgiving, irrational and often surreal environment where anything can happen — even peace.
Stripped of all ideological references and precise geographical context, the unspecified armed conflict fueling the indelibly transfixing “Monos,” a Colombian voyage from visionary auteur Alejandro Landes serves as model stage to examine primal instincts cinematically. Viscerally philosophic, this ...