A different kind of drama is about adolescent youth at the beginning of the 20th century on the island of La Reunion. That story began when five teenagers from a good family committed a brutal crime. Things changed a short time later, when a Dutch captain, who was in charge of a repressive trip on a sailboat, prepared. Things seemed to change after that trip, as the captain's tactics were exhausted and the five boys rebelled. In the end, their connecting port will be a supernatural island.
"The Wild Boys" is full of inventive and imaginative elements, which counterbalance the lack of plot.... Mandico focuses on creating a heady, dreamlike atmosphere that is both beautiful and disturbing.
The Wild Boys is a supremely assured piece of craftsmanship... but for all the maturity of the command on display, there is little about it to suggest it was made by an artist who was trying to put adolescence behind him.