Transgressive, erotic and powerfully playful around concepts of gender, sex and desire, The Wild Boys is something special. Set at the turn of the 20th century, the film centres on a group of notoriously delinquent upper-class schoolboys, all played by women, who take their newfound sexual aggression too far. As punishment, they’re entrusted to a barbaric sea captain, thrust onto a dilapidated sailboat and sent into the unknown. Their port of call is a supernatural island with luxuriant vegetation and bewitching powers that holds a dark and disturbing secret. Impressively merging such disparate influences as Joseph Conrad, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Kenneth Anger, Joseph Von Sternberg and Wakamatsu Koji in a gorgeous, mostly black-and-white feast of magical visions, The Wild Boys is a one-of-a-kind coming-of-age fantasy adventure that probes the dark, dank regions of the human psyche.
“Mandico has made a wildly strange debut, striking enough to make you sit up and pay attention.”