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We Are What We Are (2013)

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The Parkers, a reclusive family who follow ancient customs, find their secret existence threatened as a torrential downpour moves into their area, forcing daughters Iris and Rose to assume responsibilities beyond those of a typical family.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Emma Parker (as Kassie DePaiva)
Hardware Clerk
Rose Parker
Iris Parker
Rory Parker
Deputy Anders
Doc Barrow
Arlene Stratton
Mrs. Kimble
Mr. Kimble
Sheriff Meeks
Vonia Arslanian ...
Emily Meeks
Bearded Tenant


A seemingly wholesome and benevolent family, the Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank rules his family with a rigorous fervor, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost. As a torrential rainstorm moves into the area, tragedy strikes and his daughters Iris and Rose are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family. As the unrelenting downpour continues to flood their small town, the local authorities begin to uncover clues that bring them closer to the secret that the Parkers have held closely for so many years. Written by Entertainment One

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Blood is the strongest bond.


Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violence, bloody images, some sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 October 2013 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Iskonski nagon  »

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Opening Weekend:

$13,727 (USA) (29 September 2013)


$76,633 (USA) (27 October 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on the screenplay "Somos Lo Que Hay" by Jorge Michel Grau. See more »


When they go to the funeral, the kid's in the car and also in Marge's arms. See more »


Marge: I heard somebody down in the shed earlier.
Iris Parker: It must've been daddy. He's the only one allowed down there. Ever.
Marge: Well, it sounded like a girl crying.
Iris Parker: I don't know what you think you heard, but you must be mistaken.
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Featured in At the Movies: Cannes Film Festival 2013 (2013) See more »


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Written and Performed by Nick Garrie
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Great, in line with "Let the right one in"
15 April 2014 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Great to see such a film made in the U.S., and I know it's a remake of the Spanish film "Somo los que hay" in English called the same as this one. I haven't seen the original, but will be sure to check it out.

This is not any kind of action movie. It's gruesome horror, and explicit in many ways. So this film is clearly not for everyone. It's stunningly bleak and realistically told, in the same slow way of others like it, and I would compare the style to the Swedish modern classic "Let the right one in". Imagine if you had to eat humans and drink human blood to survive. Of course far fetched, but still horrifying, as it also is when shown in film. The worst is the imagination, though, as when they eat.

A flooding in the outback country stirs up the lives of a little family, when the mother slips, hits her head and falls into a pond and drowns. She's the "bread carrier" of the family, which now has to manage without her. The father rules the family with a very hard hand.

Photography is amazingly beautiful, powerful acting. Michael Parks, as the doctor, carries the film on his shoulders. He's really like the detective in this story, and should have had the main credit. He always delivers, either it is for Quentin Tarantino or others. But everyone is great, which is a mark of a great director. Production values are great; and I think the plot and the storyline is very good. The low marks the film has got here on IMDb is due to a slow moving story, as well as this being a remake. But the film stands on its own.

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