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The Wild Boys

Les garçons sauvages

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


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.

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The Wild Boys Directed by Bertrand Mandico
A dense thicket of sounds, superimpositions, and in-camera effects, shifting between black-and-white and color, The Wild Boys is both liberation and horror, anarchic and highly constructed, brave in its focus on the body as both erogenous and alien zone.
January 19, 2019
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A gender-detonating fantasia that shifts from monochrome to bursts of decadent color—labial pinks, violent violets—and back again, The Wild Boys follows only the imperatives of its writer-director’s glut instinct.
November 16, 2018
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A supremely assured piece of craftsmanship, evincing an active creative engagement and ample imagination in every minute of its nearly two-hour runtime, but for all the maturity of the command on display, there is little about it to suggest it was made by an artist who was trying to put adolescence behind him.
November 16, 2018
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