Showing: 13 November 2019
Alejandro Landes’ awe-inspiring third feature is a breathtaking, hypnotic and hallucinatory survival thriller set on a remote mountain in Latin America.
The film follows a feral group of child soldiers and rebels – bearing names like Rambo, Smurf, Bigfoot, Wolf and Boom-Boom – who keep watch over an American hostage.
With a rapturous score by Mica Levi (Under the Skin, Jackie), the film examines the chaos and absurdity of war from the unique perspective of adolescence, recalling Lord of the Flies in a way that feels wholly original. Featuring a diverse young cast of both seasoned professionals and newcomers, Landes thrusts them into an unforgiving, irrational and often surreal environment where anything can happen — even peace.
“Overpoweringly tense and deeply mad […] something between Apocalypse Now, Lord of the Flies and Embrace of the Serpent.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian ★★★★★
Martin Scorsese’s ninth collaboration with Robert De Niro finds the master filmmaker returning to the genre he has helped define, with a mystery that has never been solved.