Sunday, November 7, 2010

Johnny Mad Dog - Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire (2008 France)

A cast of unknown performers are used in this drama about child soldiers fighting a war in an unnamed African country.

WOW. The most powerful film I've seen in years. BRUTAL. It's jaw-dropping from start to finish. An amazingly well directed, shot and edited piece of cinema. At times it becomes a surrealist nightmare with these child soldiers, one in a wedding dress, one with butterfly wings skulking around committing any crime of their choosing and taking on a warped, music video feel. This is a look at child soldiers as you've never imagined it before.

There is even a mashed up rap-remix track of the famed Battles 'Leyendecker' by DJ EMZ running in the background at one point.


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