We Are What We Are (2011)



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A middle-aged man dies in the street, leaving his widow and three children destitute. The devastated family is confronted not only with his loss but with a terrible challenge -how to survive. For they are cannibals. They have always existed on a diet of human flesh consumed in bloody ritual ceremonies... and the victims have always been provided by the father. Now that he is gone, who will hunt? Who will lead them? How will they sate their horrific hunger? The task falls to the eldest son, Alfredo, a teenage misfit who seems far from ready to accept the challenge... But without human meat the family will die. Shocking, bloody and deeply moving, WE ARE WHAT WE ARE is a remarkable reinvention of the horror genre - a visceral and powerfully emotional portrait of a family bound by a terrible secret and driven by monstrous appetites. -- (C) IFC Films
Drama , Horror
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Alan Chávez
as Julián
Carmen Beato
as Patricia
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Critic Reviews for We Are What We Are

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (8)

An unexpectedly rich exploration of family bonds, blood rituals and the oftentimes zombie-like desire to assume the roles proscribed to each of us, played out with a sharp undertow of political allegory and darkly comic sensibility.

Full Review… | February 24, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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Unfolding in an impoverished neighborhood in Mexico City, this disturbing debut paints social decay with bold, elegant strokes and dizzying camera angles.

February 18, 2011
New York Times
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Grau's script is intelligent, and it has something to say about family and social dysfunction. You just might want to skip meat for a few days.

Full Review… | February 17, 2011
New York Post
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Like zombie auteur George Romero at his best, Grau locks his sights on his social commentary of choice and goes after it with the zeal of a 19-year-old cannibal girl sinking an ax into the skull of her next meal.

Full Review… | February 17, 2011
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Grau effectively mixes wry, bloody, deadpan gags, family drama, and stomach-churning violence.

Full Review… | February 17, 2011
AV Club
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The characters' rapacious tendencies exist in a void, so all we get is numbing, meaningless viscera.

Full Review… | February 15, 2011
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for We Are What We Are

Stunning Mexican horror film, heavily influenced by LÃÂ¥t den rätte komma in. A family of cannibals struggles after the death of the father, who was in charge of getting the...well, food. Minimalistic setting and score compliment this drama favorably. Outstanding cinematography and a top-notch cast make Somos Lo Que Hay the best Mexican film in recent years to slip under the radar. Writer/director Jorge Michel Grau manages to throw in some important commentary on how cynical and cannibalistic we can be as a society.

Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda

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Mexico's Tony Manero

Francisco  Godinho
Francisco Godinho

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"We Are What We Are" is an adequate and bitter family-drama with a compelling storyline and a hint of horror . The movie takes place in a brooding atmosphere and a sub-plot of socio-political criticism, in this case Mexico, but most developing countries of America can be identified with it. Let yourself be bitten by these cannibals, it certainly deserves a viewing.

John Me
John Me

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