This film had a serious tone but lacked execution. Frank Parker and his family have been holding on to beliefs and rituals that took place long before any of them existed. Frank truly believes in what it is that he and his family do, and he intends to keep the laws and attitudes that he's grown up under connected to the Parker heritage even after he leaves this Earth. Rose and Iris who are his daughters, aren't necessarily into following these rituals as much as he is. Now they do adhere to the customs of their culture just like they're told, but they still wonder what life is like in the forever changing world that exist outside of their own. The young girls do carry along with them a suffocating atmosphere in their hearts and minds that's just as bleak as the small town that they've grown up in. They want to do more than what they've been allowed to do, but they also feel that it's best for them to be what they were raised to be, even if they don't fully understand it yet.
For the Parkers living with their traditions is just one aspect of their living arrangement. Due to the fact that what they do is not what anyone would consider to be legal at all, they are forced to keep up their lifestyle as a major secret, since what they do may end up getting them into serious trouble with the law. If they manage to get themselves and their beliefs found out, it's possible that none of them will be able to see the light of day again.
The pace of this film is very slow, but I can manage to live with that if the story and events that are being told have some type of punch to it while I'm waiting for the emotion of the flick to start taking over. The problem with that when talking about this movie is that the story is very flat and uninteresting while you wait for everything to unfold. Building a movie of any kind this way makes it very dull as it fails to intrigue the interest of some of the people who choose to watch it with the hopes of being entertained in any way. That's my big issue with We Are What We Are when I look at it from start to finish. It's not even about this movie being bad it's simply uneventful and contains very few qualities worth noting or remembering. From that perspective, you're going to have a hard time building a respectable amount of viewers that will come back to the film or mention to others who may want to watch a rare flick.
This flick and its inability to captivate and spark any type of mental stimulation is what decreases its value. You're just sitting there waiting for something to happen and you find that that's all you're doing through most of it. Building some kind of suspense in the characters would have done that even if the tone and pace remained the same. A part of that could have been done by using more emotional characters which really would of helped big time. Including characters like that to use could have distracted some viewers like me from seeing the film as having a repetitious feel to it through most of the film. That could have possibly fascinated the audience members enough to make them want to pay attention, but to think about the films messages as well regardless of what side of the fence they stand on. That's how you would pull them in, and that's how you get them to think and talk about it afterward. These are all of the qualities that movies usually need to succeed, and they're also all of the qualities that this movie lacked for the most part. I wouldn't recommend to this film to anyone unless you were extremely bored.