Johnny, 15, a kid-soldier armed to the hilt, is inhabited by the mad dog he dreams of becoming. With his small commando he robs, pillages, and slays everything in his path. Laokolé, 16, strives to flee her city occupied by teenage-soldier militias, with her disabled father and her little brother.
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A portrait about a society broken by the arbitrary violence of separatist groups.
A masterful exercise about the power of force and the rawest and wildest instinct that populations had been rooting since birth due to a wretched state who don't provide nothing but decadence.
An immersive, visceral experience that brutally depicts the extents of human brutality and savagery. Its poignant style, compelling cinematography and razor-thin narrative distance, while thoroughly disquieting, are nonetheless rendered somewhat inert by a lacking emotional, as well as thematic, resolution. While undoubtedly a powerful experience, by its ending moments I found myself numbed. Still, worth a viewing.
good film. I disagree with some stylistic decisions (some slow motion and reverse motion shots, out of place cello score) but it barely distracts from the content. A scathing and visceral portrayal of the life of child soldiers. Reminds me of Gipi's classic graphic novel Notes on a War Story. I watched without subtitles and I'm not even sure if there were supposed to be any, that being said; I hated the ending