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We Are What We Are [DVD] [Region 1] [030306932798]

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Three teenagers are wary about holding up a rather disturbing family tradition in this unusual blend of horror, suspense, and family drama. Alfredo (Francisco Barreiro), Julian (Alan Chvez), and Sabina (Paulina Gaitan) live with their father (Humberto Yez) and mother (Carmen Beato) in a run-down section of Mexico City. When father dies unexpectedly during a visit to a shopping mall, it throws the family into chaos, but not just for the usual reasons. The family has an unusual custom in which father would capture a stranger and bring them home, after which the family would kill the stranger in an elaborate ritual and then eat their flesh. With father gone, mother insists that it's time the children stepped up and took over the rite, but Alfredo is too timid to find a proper victim, Julian is bold but too clumsy, and Sabina is thought to be poorly suited for what's always been a man's job. As the brothers try to learn to do things the way dad once did, a police detective (Jorge Zrate) is trying to get to the bottom of a long string of disappearances in the area. The first feature film from writer and director Jorge Michel Grau, SOMOS LO QUE HAY (aka WE ARE WHAT WE ARE) was also one of the final films for Alan Chvez, who played Julian; he died in September 2009 at the age of 18 when an argument with friends led to gunfire.
  • Credits
    Francisco Barreiro, Alan Chavez, Paulina Gaitan, Carmen Beato, Jorge Zarate, Esteban Soberanes
  • Critic Reviews
    "[A] striking debut....Mixing social commentary and black humor with copious amounts of blood and cracking bones, WE ARE WHAT WE ARE offers a cannibal's eye view of Mexico City's seamier side..." -- Grade: B
    A.V. Club

    "[A]n unexpectedly rich exploration of family bonds...played out with a sharp undertow of political allegory and darkly comic sensibility."
    Los Angeles Times

    3 stars out of 5 -- "Though flecked with dark wit, this is a mostly sombre affair that draws power from its chilling social commentary..."
    Total Film

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