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THE WILD BOYS

Les garçons sauvages

Directed by Bertrand Mandico
France, 2017
Fantasy, Adventure, Avant-Garde

Synopsis

Five boys are ferried to sea by a Dutch Captain, charged with reforming their savage ways. They soon rebel against him and after a shipwreck, they are released into the wilds of a supernatural island. There, the wild boys act upon their sexual desires and undergo a mystical transformation.

Synopsis

Five boys are ferried to sea by a Dutch Captain, charged with reforming their savage ways. They soon rebel against him and after a shipwreck, they are released into the wilds of a supernatural island. There, the wild boys act upon their sexual desires and undergo a mystical transformation.

Our take

Shot on radiant high-contrast film stock—mostly black & white, with ravishing bursts of color—Mandico’s feature debut is an exuberantly erotic reverie. As provocatively political as to cast five women in the titular boys’ roles, this genre-and-gender-bending delirium mystifies and bewitches.