We Are Who We Are: Season 1 (2020)


Season 1
We Are Who We Are

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We Are Who We Are doesn't move mountains, but by focusing on the little details and allowing its central teens to just be, Luca Guadagnino creates small-screen poetry.

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Air date: Sep 14, 2020

When Sarah Wilson (Chloë Sevigny) is named the new commander of a difficult military unit in Chioggia, Italy, she uproots her wife Maggie (Alice Braga) and teenage son Fraser (Jack Dylan Grazer) from their lives in New York City to start a new chapter in this unfamiliar seaside town. While Sarah contends with her new position and Maggie resumes her work at the army's clinic, Fraser longs for Mark, a friend he left behind in New York, and seems uninterested in connecting with the other teenagers on base -- until he meets Caitlin (Jordan Kristine Seamón).

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Air date: Sep 21, 2020

The arrival of Caitlin's (Jordan Kristine Seamón) period accelerates her secret desire to experiment with her gender expression -- and to flirt with girls, test boundaries with her boyfriend Sam (Ben Taylor), and spar with her father Richard (Scott Mescudi). As she and her brother Danny (Spence Moore II) continue to clash with their mother Jenny (Faith Alabi), Caitlin's relationships with her both her dad and Danny's best friend Craig (Corey Knight) deepen. Later, Fraser (Jack Dylan Grazer) discovers Caitlin's secret, which forever changes the nature of their relationship.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2020

A fracture begins to form within the friend group following Caitlin (Jordan Kristine Seamón) and Sam's (Ben Taylor) breakup. While Sam turns to the open arms of Britney (Francesca Scorsese), Caitlin is judged for spending more time with Fraser (Jack Dylan Grazer). Later, Maggie (Alice Braga) attends the Chioggia Festival with the neighborhood women and finds an unexpected companion in Jenny (Faith Alabi). Meanwhile, the progress Colonel Wilson (Chloë Sevigny) has made in her new role is derailed when she decides to deploy her troops early -- and her complex relationship with Fraser is rattled when his crush becomes her only ally.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2020

With his deployment timeline fast-tracked, Craig (Corey Knight) spontaneously proposes to his Italian girlfriend, Valentina (Beatrice Barichella). Determined to ship him off with a celebration he'll never forget, his friends pool their resources for a Hawaiian-themed wedding that leads to an evening of debauchery.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2020

As the power struggle between Sarah (Chloë Sevigny) and Richard (Scott Mescudi) escalates, the relationship between their wives continues to grow, and Sarah fuels the fire by spending time with Caitlin (Jordan Kristine Seamón) on the base's virtual shooting range. Later, Caitlin asks Fraser (Jack Dylan Grazer) for help making a bold statement; Danny (Spence Moore II) questions Jenny (Faith Alabi) about his biological father as he dives deeper into Islam; and Fraser forms his own connection with Jonathan (Tom Mercier).

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Air date: Oct 19, 2020

Sarah (Chloë Sevigny) is thrilled to learn about her son's burgeoning friendship with Jonathan (Tom Mercier) and, grateful for a strong male influence in Fraser's (Jack Dylan Grazer) life, encourages them to spend more time together -- even if Maggie (Alice Braga) doesn't understand. Richard (Scott Mescudi) uses a father-daughter hunting trip to get inside Caitlin's (Jordan Kristine Seamón) head. Later, Sarah receives a phone call that will forever alter life on base.

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Air date: Oct 26, 2020

The friend group fractures even further over their hatred for Colonel Wilson (Chloë Sevigny), whom they blame for a tragedy that's rocked the base. As Caitlin (Jordan Kristine Seamón) momentarily pauses her self-discovery journey and Danny (Spence Moore II) fully commits to his, Richard's (Scott Mescudi) insubordination reaches a breaking point, forcing Wilson to make a difficult decision.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2020

In honor of her last day in Italy, Caitlin (Jordan Kristine Seamón) and Fraser (Jack Dylan Grazer) sneak off to catch a concert in Bologna. Along the way, Fraser finally feels comfortable admitting a shocking secret about Mark and finds a new friend in Luca before he and Caitlin spend their final moments together in the most beautiful place on earth.

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Critic Reviews for We Are Who We Are Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (10)

Nothing about these characters seems fixed and resolved, which is why We Are Who We Are feels like such a startlingly truthful depiction of adolescence, in all its confusing, and often thrilling, fluidity.

Sep 14, 2020 | Full Review…
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You want to live alongside these characters for as long as they'll let you, and for as shrewdly as Guadagnino doles out key details, there's nothing fast about this loving look at developing souls.

Sep 14, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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A glorious feast for the senses and a tonic for the soul that aims to keep viewers warm as we plunge into an uncertain fall.

Sep 14, 2020 | Full Review…

We Are Who We Are is, possibly, the author's artistic peak. [Full review in Spanish]

Sep 25, 2020 | Full Review…

Luca Guadagnino's queer-themed We Are Who We Are offers elegant storytelling and tart, unforced humor.

Sep 22, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The more time you spend with angsty teens Fraser and Caitlin, the more their explorations of love and identity will make your heart ache. If you're a fan of Guadagnino's past work, it's worth going with the auteur on his latest trip to Italy.

Sep 17, 2020 | Full Review…

Guadagnino's atmosphere and mood are transcendental, because wanting freedom and feeling desire have no national boundaries.

Sep 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The first episode of We Are Who We Are takes its time to get to where it wants to go, but the ride is pleasant because we're so intrigued by Fraser and his various relationships.

Sep 15, 2020 | Full Review…

Jack Dylan Grazer brings a level of vulnerability to Fraser, who is the fish out of water in this tale, and gives us a riveting performance from the jump.

Sep 15, 2020 | Rating: 4.25/5 | Full Review…

Showrunning demands a different skill set than filmmaking, and not all of Guadagnino's masterful abilities come to the fore, here.

Sep 15, 2020 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

The show works best when following the spontaneous actions of its subjects, especially in the moments when they quite literally have nothing else to do.

Sep 14, 2020 | Full Review…

Grazer plays Fraser as an animal trapped with all eyes on him

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Audience Reviews for We Are Who We Are: Season 1

  • 11h ago
    It seems anything that Luca touches turns to gold and his first TV series is no exception. Brilliant.
  • 5d ago
    Few people can tell a modern coming-of-age tale like Luca Guadagnino. Certainly not one set in the lush locales of Italy. And while We Are Who We Are spreads its creator's gifted sense of composition, music, and dialogue throughout a season of television, the characters (along with the pacing) fall terribly flat.
  • 6d ago
    If you know anything about Luka Guadagnino you'll know that his style is very rare,different and fresh.Also the fact that it was his first tv work everyone really hardly accepted it,well some people saw true beauty of this work and i am one of them. I really enjoyed it.Everything seems to be alive in this show, entire environment speaks with audience. Characters are seen from very very deep ankle and things go very slow...that is the real style of Luka but at the end of it you got entire picture and u are thinking that it was so beautiful...so yes i think it is worth watching well for those who do not like it and for me i am enjoying it very much
  • Sep 19, 2020
    As former military, the setting and situation seemed like a good setting for a show. There's a lot of unique experiences that could create a really interesting situations. The execution is baffling to me though. The main character seems to be completely new to military life, but his moms are clearly career military. It'd be like a kid growing up in California, moving to Hawaii and not knowing what a surfboard is. It's THAT off. The base commander mom seems fine with the kid acting like a brat.. also not reality. Why didn't they just make the moms lower ranking? Maybe have a civilian mom and kid marry into a military family, so he would know nothing. You can get things right and have characters that are just as interesting. The backstory doesn't match the main character. The writers are clearly not trying too hard. So many things look like they don't even have consultants that understand the military. Would you do a show on fashion and have the main character wear Old Navy all the time? Would you make a Tokyo based film where characters don't know how to bow in greeting? If they understood the little things, maybe they could make the show more interesting.
  • Sep 19, 2020
    Best show of the summer , love love love wawwa . Italy looks amazing it makes me feel like I'm with them . Shot perfectly. And best of all queen of the south plays Maggie wasn't expecting that. Lots of surprises can't wait to see how this unfolds.
  • Sep 19, 2020
    As if I am drunk and happy too.
  • Sep 19, 2020
    Incredibly done. Good job Luca
  • Sep 18, 2020
    Incredible show! Another masterpiece by Luca Guadanigno
  • Sep 17, 2020
    ??? I have never met anyone like this kid. He is so unrealistic and I have no feelings for him as a person.
  • Sep 17, 2020
    Slow paced. Character of a teenager who is entirely unlikable. I can not sit through another episode.

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