‘The Wild Boys’ Review: Women as Boys, and Violence as Art

Stuffed with scenes of sexual violence and physique horror, Bertrand Mandico’s “The Wild Boys” might need been insufferable have been it not so fantastical and stylized. Set within the early 20th century, it follows 5 literate juvenile delinquents (all boys, however performed by ladies), who rape and kill their English trainer and are despatched to sea as punishment. There, a hard-driving Dutch sea captain tortures them with work and tantalizes them together with his manliness, at one level even displaying his tattooed penis. Issues get actually delirious when he brings the boys to an island wealthy with twisted, mysterious sights: Tree branches shoot milky white fluids; furry flora formed like ladies’s legs opens as much as obtain them.

The entire film luxuriates in a type of erotically charged however hyper-classical artificiality, with faux units, arch dialogue, frequent rear-projections and copious photographs of (clearly prosthetic) genitalia. Filmed in shimmering black and white, with dashes of surreal coloration, it’s as if Man Maddin and Kenneth Anger tailored considered one of Joseph Conrad’s nightmares for a sexploitation producer.

VideoA preview of the movie.Printed OnNov. 7, 2018

To say extra about what ultimately occurs to those boys might give away a bit an excessive amount of. Mandico, who additionally wrote the script, does appear to have some extent he’s attending to — turning the tables on these fiends’ masculine aggression, maybe — but it surely’s laborious to untangle the movie’s many weird indulgences, which at instances appear supposed to titillate as a lot as disturb, and but in some way do neither. It’s all a bit too ludicrous to be sensuous or unsettling, or in the end all that insightful.

The Wild Boys

DirectorBertrand MandicoWriterBertrand MandicoStarsPauline Lorillard, Vimala Pons, Diane Rouxel, Anaël Snoek, Mathilde WarnierRatingNot RatedRunning Time1h 50mGenresAdventure, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

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Not rated. In French and English, with English subtitles. Operating time: 1 hour 50 minutes.

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