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Alejandro Landes Colombia, 2019

Jacques de Villiers's rating of the film Monos

Another in a bumper crop of recent Colombian films about intrastate conflict, Monos plunges us into the lives of child soldiers with aesthetic verge and, thankfully, zero gratuitousness. While a bit long, it balances memorable characters with highly affective (and effective) leaps into abstraction; an entirely apt approach for depicting a conflict in which ideology has dissipated & war has become an end in itself.