Regissør: Alejandro Landes
(Colombia, Argentina, Nederland, Tyskland, Sverige)

YOUTH IN WAR / Despite its many references to, among other things, the Lord of the Flies and the Apocalypse now! Latin American Monos is in many ways a unique film.


In a deserted mountain landscape in Latin America, presumably in Colombia, we meet a group of youngsters who go by tire names like Rambo, Lady, Dog, Smurf and Bigfoot. They constitute the guerrilla troop Monos ("monkeys") and fight for an organization that is only referred to as the organization. Their primary task is to look after an American hostage they call Doctora, who we later know is an engineer named Sara Watson. In addition, they are given responsibility for the dairy cow Shakira – which will also have consequences for the development of the action.

Discipline and anarchy

The feature film portrays the paramilitary group in both hard physical training and free play – as well as some sexual testing situations typical of their age. However, the discipline is clear: Since Lady and fellow soldier Wolf want to start a relationship, they must ask permission from the organization's representative. However, after the latter leaves the group to himself under Wolf's leadership, certain elements of what might be called youthful anarchy in the ranks arise.

The kidnapped woman seems to have been affected to a certain extent by the so-called Stockholm syndrome, where she is introduced to a friendly dialogue with two young guerrilla girls who wash and care. . .

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