Monos

Monos

Monos

Eight kids with guns watch over a hostage and a conscripted milk cow on a faraway mountaintop in Alejandro Landes's award-winning drama.

"Belonging to a rebel group called 'the Organisation,' 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, I, Tonya). But after an attack forces them to abandon their base, playtime is over for the motley young crew." (Sundance Film Festival)

Winner of the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award (Landes), 2019 Sundance Film Festival
2019Rating: R13, Violence, offensive language & content that may disturb103 minsColombia, Argentina, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, UruguayEnglish and Spanish with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema

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Reviews & comments

Gruelling at times

Monos begins with a curious premise and quickly snowballs into somewhat predictable narrative territory. No denying how beautifully shot it is and how amazing the sound is though. Often it feels like a slog but picks up soon after.

4.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

At one level, Monos is a brutal, engrossing, superbly well-shot, well-scored and better-than-average thriller of child-soldiers at war.

Sight & Sound

Sight & Sound

press

Monos is one of the year's most extraordinary films. Its feverish visuals rupture any sense of surface realism, creating a disarming, almost surrealist universe where anarchy takes hold.

Financial Times

Financial Times

press

Monos, in its surreal power and persuasiveness, deserves to be called a sci-fi epic of the here and the now.

5.0
The Times

The Times

press

The performances from the young cast are vivid and utterly credible, yet the conspicuously metaphorical nature of the context eventually becomes wearisome.

3.0
The Australian

The Australian

press

There are allusions to William Golding's Lord of the Flies, but that fine novel, and Peter Brook's 1962 screen adaptation, though also elliptical, provided far more satisfying drama than Landes somewhat frustrating epic...

3.0
Vox

Vox

press

A gritty, jarring cinematic style, Monos is less likable than admirable, an achievement with a clear, apocalyptic vision.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

There's a bicep-flexing quality to Landes's direction, with its bursts of colour and chaos, its conjuration of a surreal experience out of tactile reality. You tumble out of it bruised, bewildered, mesmerised.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Something between Apocalypse Now, Lord of the Flies and Embrace of the Serpent.

5.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Even in this fictional context, the line between portraying and exploiting abused innocence gets uncomfortably, offensively blurred.

Stuff

Stuff

press

At one level, Monos is a brutal, engrossing, superbly well-shot, well-scored and better-than-average thriller of child-soldiers at war.

Sight & Sound

Sight & Sound

press

Monos is one of the year's most extraordinary films. Its feverish visuals rupture any sense of surface realism, creating a disarming, almost surrealist universe where anarchy takes hold.

Financial Times

Financial Times

press

Monos, in its surreal power and persuasiveness, deserves to be called a sci-fi epic of the here and the now.

5.0
The Times

The Times

press

The performances from the young cast are vivid and utterly credible, yet the conspicuously metaphorical nature of the context eventually becomes wearisome.

3.0
The Australian

The Australian

press

There are allusions to William Golding's Lord of the Flies, but that fine novel, and Peter Brook's 1962 screen adaptation, though also elliptical, provided far more satisfying drama than Landes somewhat frustrating epic...

3.0
Vox

Vox

press

A gritty, jarring cinematic style, Monos is less likable than admirable, an achievement with a clear, apocalyptic vision.

The Telegraph

The Telegraph

press

There's a bicep-flexing quality to Landes's direction, with its bursts of colour and chaos, its conjuration of a surreal experience out of tactile reality. You tumble out of it bruised, bewildered, mesmerised.

4.0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Something between Apocalypse Now, Lord of the Flies and Embrace of the Serpent.

5.0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Even in this fictional context, the line between portraying and exploiting abused innocence gets uncomfortably, offensively blurred.

Gruelling at times

Monos begins with a curious premise and quickly snowballs into somewhat predictable narrative territory. No denying how beautifully shot it is and how amazing the sound is though. Often it feels like a slog but picks up soon after.

4.0