A group of young boys are stranded alone on an island. Left to fend for themselves, they must take on the responsibilities of adults, even if they are not ready to do so. Inevitably, two factions form: one group (lead by Ralph) want to build shelters and collect food, whereas Jack's group would rather have fun and HUNT; illustrating the difference between civilization and savagery.Written by
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Although the religion of the choir is never specified in the book , the film implies that the boys belong to a Catholic or even a Protestant dogma (judging from their outfits and their British nationality). The boys are twice heard chanting "Kyrie eleison" with a sufficiently fluent pronunciation. This is a common hymn in both Catholic and Orthodox Church ceremonies. It means "Lord, have mercy" in Ancient Greek. See more »
The boys go on the monster hunt, and leave Piggy behind to take care of the smaller boys. As Piggy looks out to sea, you can see (from behind, at a 3/4 angle) that his left lens is intact at 44:22 on the DVD. This is after Jack had already broken it in a fight previously. See more »
After a plane crash in the ocean, a group of British students reach an island. The boy Ralph (James Aubrey) organizes the other kids, assigning responsibilities for each one. When the rebel Jack (Tom Chapin) neglects the fire camp and they lose the chance to be seen by an airplane, the group split under the leadership of Jack. While Ralph rationalizes the survival procedures, Jack returns to the primitivism, using the fear for the unknown (in a metaphor to the religion) and hunger to control the other boys. His group starts hunting and chasing pigs, stealing the possession of Ralph's group and even killing people.
When I saw the 1990 "The Lord of the Flies", I found the impressive story very scary since it shows the lost of innocence of children fighting to survive in a society without perspective and rules. My immediate association was with my and other Third World countries, where many children are abandoned by the Government in their poor communities, and without education, perspectives in life and laws, become very young criminals working in gangs of drug dealers and thieves. In this movie, it is exposed how primitive a kid can be without the authority and respect, and this sort of violence is in the headlines of our newspapers almost every day. I have never the chance of reading this visionary novel, but both movies are very similar and I believe that they are good adaptations, with a frightening study of characters and sociology. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "O Senhor das Moscas" ("The Lord of the Flies")
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