On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.
On a faraway mountaintop, eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow.
Monos - Zwischen Himmel und Hölle, Opice
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Went in knowing nothing and loved the journey. Beautiful, tense and totally engaging. And amazing stunts and FX. Not sure how they had Moises Arias and Julianne Nicholson tumbling down violent rapids. Would love to know about the making of this film... seems like an intense shoot.
Anyone know how I can see director Alejandro Landes's first film Porfirio?
Watched at Arclight Hollywood.
Lotta wet clothes in this film, can’t imagine how uncomfortable. Like all the sand and dirt rubbing up against your skin? Sheesh. A consistently dark and foggy film. There’s no room for a breather which, in a lot of ways works, and in some ways feels like something the film desperately needs. Rico killed it!
completely intoxicating. that mica levi score! i actually think the vagueness around its politics is a strength—you stay with these kids the whole time with no idea what they’re fighting for, and that’s pretty damn disturbing! a must-see in cinemas (if you can!)
rico, my boy!!! whodathunk the real star from hannah montana was moises arias!!!
MONOS exists on another planet, a perilous edge of the world fantasy that injects you with a syringe of Lord of the Flies + Aguirre, the Wrath of God. A brutal, unflinching fever dream that takes you hostage for 102min, starves you of its sociopolitical context, then forces you to survive its guerrilla anarchy. These are the lost boys and girls of Neverland. A dysfunctional young militia being trained for a war they can hardly understand, pushed to revolution more by hormones and insecurity than by clear, specific ideology.
The bare, almost feral mystery of being thrown into their savage world without any kind of guidance creates an immediate you-are-there ferocity. Faint echos of a larger Civil War loom on…
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I am barely able to type right now, because my hands & fingers are shaking; I can only hope that Landes realizes the legendary scope of what he and his cast & crew have created here. No other filmmaker, today, is still making movies like this — it is, rather, in the same league as the very darkest and most intense of 70s Coppola (Apocalypse Now), Herzog (Aguirre: the Wrath of God) & Friedkin (Sorcerer). An instant classic and, speaking of things classic, Mica Levi, while still at dawn in her compositional career, is proving herself to be an unmatched master of the film score. Everything about this work is straight up perfect from start to finish — technically, thematically, et cetera — and yet I dread the day I first re-watch it. Already prepping for the nightmares.
Shot on location in some of the remotest regions of Colombia, and under one of the most punishing production shoots, Monos is a war drama that is both visually and psychologically disturbing. Set in an unspecified location, it establishes a barely organised group of teenage guerrilla fighters with combat nicknames known collectively as the "Monos", and it doesn't take long for the guns and hormones to impel things into dangerous and destructive territories.
It's mesmerising in its exotic allure with sharp editing cuts and unpredictable camera work eliciting a concerted effort on the part of the filmmakers to give the film a distinct look. It narratively stretches from the territories of Lord of the Flies before swerving into spheres more…
Besides getting high from the fact that Paul Thomas Anderson walked in and sat a few rows behind me right before the movie started THEN myself having a conversation with him about Punch-Drunk Love afterwards, i am strictly stoned from the visceral experience of this stunning look at warfare and survival. It’s dreamy and loose. It feels like a raging river flowing endlessly from scene to scene without any sense of control. The soundtrack ripped my fucking head off of my body. The visuals and camerawork will make you drool. This was a crazy fucking experience, from meeting one of my favorite filmmakers by a chance encounter to seeing something so gnarly onscreen.
Ja. Es ist Werner Herzogs "Full Metal Apocalypse of the Flies". Und das ist mit das Schlechteste, das ich über dieses Kraftwerk sagen kann.
"Who is the greatest hero of all time?"
Monos is saved by a stunning performance by Julianne Nicholson. Her character's plight isn't developed well, but we find out her situation after certain events unfold.
The film was incredibly slow and was full of dead space. For a movie that is about a guerrilla army in the Colombian rainforest, I was hoping for a little more. This movie was shown at the Aero Theatre right after Strangers of Patience, so by the end of this film, I had enough of seeing women tied up. Quite enough, thank you.
-Anything horrible that can be done to a cow, they do to their cow named "Shakira". I can't list them all here, as it would give away the story, but keep in mind that it's graphic and horrible.
-A decapitated pig's head is featured.
-Additional references to meat.
Additional violence to humans is featured.
do you ever just cry when a film is THAT good??? immediately added to the list of films that are inevitably going to haunt me for the rest of my life!!!!! i can’t get that whistle noise out of my head oOf THAT SCORE THO!!!!! AH THIS SURE WAS A FINE PIECE OF CINEMA!!!!!
little bit overwhelmed about letterboxd right now cuz I all of a sudden hit 500 followers and even if you’re all bots that’s still a lot of bots acknowledging my existence and seeing my stupid jokes. anyway this is my favourite film ever and you should totally watch it! it’s so beautiful in its storytelling and its score and its cinematography and just makes me feel like life is good tbh
I’ve had exams for the past few weeks and will for the following three weeks as well, so I’m not watching as much as I’d like to be but I do have some themed months planned for later in the year so look forward to that if you care. films are good! life is slow, but we’re getting there. Be kind to yourself
Style over substance. Not that it is bad, but I wished there was more that got me hooked other than the visuals.
Anyways, thank you as usual Mica Levi.
My favourite scene is the first fire the Monos have. We have only really seen them under the watch of the Messenger. Once he finally leaves though, (in a particularly gorgeous shot) they have a celebratory fire for Wolf and Lady. The bizarre score ramps up, they dance and rave illuminated only by firelight, and they fire machine guns into the air. It's very hypnotic and goes to show just how reckless and young and unsupervised this group is. The consequences that follow are often unpredictable, but not overly surprising given this introduction to who these kids are.
Nocturama sans point de vue donc en moins bien. Le film ne trouve jamais d'équilibre entre sa formalisation de la violence et la dimension poétique qu'il cherche à instaurer. Du coup il échoue sur les deux plans. Et en ne donnant aucun élément sur le contexte politique, ce qu'il en reste n'a que peu d'intérêt.
Lord Of The Flies but infinitely better in every way.
Hands down, Jasper Wolf’s cinematography in this film is unparalleled.
Fuck me this was good.
This Colombian film follows a tight-knit group of very young guerilla fighters who are posted to a remote campground in the humid, misty jungles. We watch these young fighters train to kill, come of age, fall in love, and react to ongoing devastations. Through well-edited handheld footage, we witness their slow descent from a loving, fraternal cooperative to a violent crew of cultish primitivism.
The film is beautiful to look at. Every shot, with noticeable influence from Tarkovsky and Herzog, is abundant in poetry. The mise-en-scene has this gorgeous painterly quality, and the soundtrack is perfectly ambient. I have to comment on the acting, too. Across the board, it is beautifully cast and performed. I thought these actors were the…
We are introduced to the cast individually but not given any back-story for them, the organisation to which they refer or why they are there. The film is quite disjointed, with characters moving quickly from one scene to another, but this works well with the style of story-telling. Around halfway into the film, something occurs which serves to split the group into two distinct groups and the story begins to resemble a Lord of the Flies type tale (there is even a direct reference to the famous pig-head scene form that film). It was always clear that the groups environment was more dangerous than the group itself, and this becomes more important as the jungle seems to absorb some members of the group.
Una fotografía realmente linda, demasiado linda, a veces me perdía de lo que pasaba por estar viendo todo en cuadro. Muy señor de las moscas. El sonido también estaba muy bueno. Me da pena porque son niños
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Monos, del director Alejandro Landes, es un excelente thriller lleno de acción y drama, con estupefacientes y placeres carnales de acompañamiento. Seguimos a 8 jóvenes terroristas, insupervisados y descontrolados, a través de la hostil jungla colombiana para esconder a su rehén. El camino está pavimentado por engaños, violencia y deslealtad, amores y desamores mientras conocemos al elenco de los cuales no hay un protagonista claro, pues la pantalla se la comparten en porciones de modo que alcanza a todos. Recomendada.
Me gustó bastante la película. Encuentro que lo mejor de la cinta es el guion. Está llena de momentos brillantes que aportan a la construcción de esta especie de familia. Los personajes están muy bien construidos y las relaciones entre personajes son maravillosas. La historia en general te mantiene metido y no hay momentos en los que te puedas desconcentrar. Creo que lo único que me hizo ruido de la película fue la banda sonora, específicamente las oscilaciones electrónicas que me sacaban del contexto salvaje del filme.
Difficile d'avoir un avis tranché sur Monos tant le film me partage.
Moins absorbé par sa première partie assez (et un peu trop) contemplative des paysages et des adolescents soldats qui se battent, s'embrassent et qui en cherchant l'amour finissent par y trouver le désespoir et la solitude avant de m'accrocher véritablement dans sa seconde partie oú la folie et la solitude s'empare vraiment des adolescents dans une jungle crade et dangereuse et des personnages tous sous tensions les uns et les autres.
Impossible aussi de nier les qualités visuelles oniriques du film ainsi que son travail sur le son et sa recherche constante de sonorités que j'ai trouver assez remarquable.
Il faut aussi avouer quelque chose : les dix dernières minutes sont halletantes et le final bouleversant (ce regard caméra m'a casser en deux).
Gorgeous, tense, mysterious...
Monos es una película con una dirección de fotografía demasiado bella y prolija, además de que la locación elegida apoya esto con sus paisajes, a su vez cuenta con un sonido muy bien realizado, logrando capturar la atención tanto visual como auditivamente. Me gustó que se mostrará la exploración sexual entre los jóvenes y las luchas entre el ego y el poder, aún así no logro llenarme por completo, no pude encontrarle mayor sentido. Quizá tenga que verla de nuevo.
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