We Are What We Are

2010

Drama / Horror

38
IMDb Rating 5.7 10 4,391

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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Simonster 9 / 10 / 10

Not your average family drama

Viewed at the Cannes Festival de Film 2010 I've rated this film higher than most IMDb posters because, for me, it's a family drama at heart and much less a horror film. Going into We Are What We Are with that in mind will, I think, give you a better viewing experience. This is a tight knit family bound by the usual familial ties and one not so usual one: they are cannibals. When the father dies the dynamics are turned on their head. Least of which is that the survivors have to learn how to hunt or die! There is violence and blood, of course, and also some wonderful black humour, but all this places WAWWA only in the realm of horrible, as in horrible things going on, but nor does the film dwell on this. Instead, we get the focus on changing familial dynamics, as the two brothers, sister and mother strive to keep the unit intact and also adapt to the changed circumstances that also force them into new roles: in the past, the father was the hunter- provider. Taken as a story of sudden trauma and the effect it can have on those closest, WAWWA is a close up and personal study. Yes, the characters are cold blooded killers and monsters, but as the title says, they are what they are and so do what they do. It's not personal, it's not gratuitous, merely necessary. Some posters have criticised the film's technical merits. I'd argue the hand-held camera and grungy look is perfect. These aren't Hollywood actors and if you see WAWWA then you can imagine just what the Hollywood version would be like, and how it would throw out all the weight of the original to focus on the blood and guts. A South American Let The Right One In? Si.

Reviewed by filmbantha 7 / 10 / 10

An unsettling yet highly compelling tale of a family in turmoil

We are what we are is the rarest of beasts, a macabre tale that has the power to delight and disturb in equal measures with its unique take on a family under turmoil. Unlike the majority of horror films that focus on the victims and their struggles against evil, this unflinching portrayal of cannibalism follows a family of killers and their struggle to survive in the harsh and unforgiving environment of the Mexican suburbs. After the head of the family meets a gruesome end, it falls upon his eldest son, Alfredo, to take responsibility for the surviving members; his younger siblings and his grieving mother. Each of them have their own agendas and it is not long before these conflicting issues result in horrifying consequences for both the family and the people they prey on for food. The less known about the storyline the better, which is why my description of the plot is suitably vague, as the majority of the films more unsettling moments come as a complete surprise for the unsuspecting viewer. Apart from Antichrist, this is the only film I have viewed where audience members have left the cinema during the more graphic scenes, and this certainly confirms that We are what we are is a very powerful film, not for the faint hearted but very rewarding for those that persevere. With cinematography on par to that of the hauntingly beautiful shots seen throughout Let the Right One In and a subject matter as realistically brutal as the gruesome deaths of the unsuspecting victims in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this is a perfect example of an atmospheric horror that chills you to the core by combining a stark yet realistic situation with unflinching scenes of violence. The majority of modern horror films rely on cheap scares and shock tactics to batter the viewers senses and it is encouraging to see that there are still directors out there who clearly have a great respect for the genre and shift their focus towards creating a brooding atmosphere and a compelling storyline. This brave and accomplished attempt at reinvigorating a stale genre certainly marks Jorge Michel Grau as a promising director for the future and whilst We are what we are may not be the masterpiece that horror fans are hoping for, it certainly comes pretty damn close. 8/10

Reviewed by tombrookes2007 7 / 10 / 10

This IS what it IS – a subtle drama about cannibals

Billed as a 'cannibal gore-fest' (on the DVD cover) this definitely is not. It so isn't, but what it is, is a clever drama about cannibals, with very little cannibalism. It is very much like, and maybe fueled by films like 'Let Me In'. The film is about a man, who is a father and husband that dies from flash poisoning. He leaves behind a family of four, who will now have to hunt for their own flesh as he was the provider. The family is led by an erratic mother, intent on keeping the 'ritual' alive and keeping her family hidden. This however remains difficult as the sons try to step up and do the hunting (of prostitutes) and mess up, alerting local detectives and prostitutes. The ending is good and some elements make this film a creditable experience, with some unique flavour (not blood) and I am left admiring it for what it is.

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