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We Are What We Are (2010)
"Somos lo que hay" (original title)

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When the patriarch of the family passes away, the teenage children must take responsibility for the family chores: the preparation of the rituals, the hunting and putting the all-important meat on the table. These newfound responsibilities are even more daunting, however, when you live in the city and happen to be a family of cannibals. Written by Anonymous

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Fair film on a dysfunctional family of cannibals
31 January 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I guess this is a film that will ultimately appeal and be enjoyed by a limited audience. Dark, grim, nihilistic and amoral, it's no feel good movie and has no redemption story either.

We are watching a dysfunctional family in Mexico in the days following the death of their patriarch. At a loss from his passing, the family is desperate to know how to proceed. The problem? They are cannibals and need to formally complete a ritual in the coming day. So where do they get the body? Who is to be responsible for carrying on the family leadership? The mother is impossible, the sons are difficult and the daughter is the youngest and not one that the rest seem to address.

Add in immoral cops and hell-bent prostitutes, and you've an unsettling mix.

The setting in a poor Mexican estate gives the whole film a dark and grim feel. The camera work is good, but it's the soundtrack which is what makes this work. Okay the acting and story are good but not always gripping. The film is trying to avoid being too gruesome and the body count is kept minimal for a horror, which is nice for a change.

The biggest problem is that as much as it's interesting, not sure if the whole idea really stretched out to be a full film (it was quite short as it was). Just needed some more work on the script and more explanation of what was going on and any motives. Just felt I didn't know what was going on too often which was frustrating.

For horror, it's a different twist as cannibal films are usually full on but this isn't and thankfully not another cheap shot of torture porn. Worth it if you like horror films, but won't appeal much to most else.


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