French director Bertrand Mandico delivers his debut feature, an experimental journey to the limits of imposed gender roles, set in an undisclosed realm of wonders, shot in beautiful black and white tones.
At the beginning of the 20th century on Réunion Island, five teenage boys (Pauline Lorillard, Vimala Pons, Diane Rouxel, Anael Snoek and Mathilde Warnier), the offspring of wealthy families, commit a crime. They will be sentenced to serve the Dutchman (Sam Louwyck), a captain whose ship will become their penitentiary. After many adventures, they will reach a wild, supernatural island, where Dr Séverine (Elina Löwensohn) lives.
There, everything will change forever. Initially blending elements from ‘Lord of the Flies’ and ‘A Clockwork Orange’, ‘The Wild Boys’ evolves into a subtle example of edgy political cinema in today’s mellow dullness. By using an all-female cast in the roles of teenage boys, Mandico, who also wrote the script, immediately raises the question of the enforced limitations on genders. (Subtitles)