Monos is a cross between William Golding's Lord of the Flies and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. Alejandro Landes's exceptional study of a group of child soldiers (the disposable "monkeys" of the title) espousing an unstated cause in an unnamed Latin American state is a unique filmic experience. It follows a ragtag outfit of teenagers with names like Wolf, Bigfoot, Rambo and Boom Boom who are entrusted with guarding a captured American engineer (Julianne Nicholson). It's evident from the way cinematographer Jasper Wolf frames them against the remote, mountainous jungle that they are seriously out of their depth.
"One of the year's most extraordinary films, Alejandro Lande's surrealist portrait of child soldiers living in chaos is an anarchic and unpredictable experience right until the end." - Maria Delgado, Sight & Sound