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We Are What We Are -- Behind closed doors, the seemingly whole Parker family is ruled by a patriarch determined to keep his ancestral customs intact. As a torrential rainstorm hits their town, authorities begin to uncover clues that bring them closer to the secret that the Parkers have held closely for years.
We Are What We Are -- Clip: We've Always Done It
We Are What We Are -- Director Jim Mickle takes us behind-the-scenes of the psychological thriller 'We Are What We Are', centered on a reclusive family with a gruesome secret.
We Are What We Are -- Clip: You Can Tell Me
We Are What We Are -- Clip: I Heard Someone in the Shed


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Release Date:
25 October 2013 (Mexico) See more »
Blood is the strongest bond.
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
7 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Kassie Wesley DePaiva ... Emma Parker (as Kassie DePaiva)

Laurent Rejto ... Hardware Clerk

Julia Garner ... Rose Parker

Ambyr Childers ... Iris Parker

Jack Gore ... Rory Parker

Bill Sage ... Frank Parker

Kelly McGillis ... Marge

Wyatt Russell ... Deputy Anders

Michael Parks ... Doc Barrow

Annemarie Lawless ... Arlene Stratton

Traci Hovel ... Mrs. Kimble

Nat DeWolf ... Mr. Kimble

Nick Damici ... Sheriff Meeks
Vonia Arslanian ... Emily Meeks

Larry Fessenden ... Bearded Tenant

Odeya Rush ... Alyce Parker

Joel Nagle ... Mathias Parker

Reagan Leonard ... Alyse's Mother

I.N. Sierros ... Coach Stratton
Tyler Barden ... Counter Man
Lea Kwiecinski ... Waitress

Jack Turner ... Officer T.J. Turner
Zombie ... Doc Barrow's Dog
Kidd ... Marge's Dog
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Norman Aaronson ... Townsperson

Lorenzo Beronilla ... Town Laborer
Hollis Gilstrap ... Townsperson
Joe James ... Pickup Truck Driver
Eric Stanze ... Radio Weatherman (voice)

Directed by
Jim Mickle 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Nick Damici 
Jorge Michel Grau  an original screenplay
Jim Mickle 

Produced by
Rene Bastian .... executive producer
Rodrigo Bellott .... producer
Andrew Corkin .... producer
Brett Fitzgerald .... executive producer
Emilie Georges .... executive producer
Nicholas Kaiser .... co-producer
Tanja Meissner .... executive producer
Linda Moran .... producer
Lizz Morhaim .... line producer
Mo Noorali .... executive producer
Jacob Pechenik .... executive producer
Nick Shumaker .... producer (as Nicholas Shumaker)
Jack Turner .... producer
Original Music by
Jeff Grace 
Darren Morris (co-composer)
Phil Mossman (music composer)
Cinematography by
Ryan Samul 
Film Editing by
Jim Mickle 
Casting by
Sig De Miguel 
Stephen Vincent 
Production Design by
Russell Barnes 
Art Direction by
Ada Smith 
Set Decoration by
Daniel R. Kersting 
Costume Design by
Elisabeth Vastola  (as Liz Vastola)
Makeup Department
Jessica Kelleher .... makeup department head
Brian Spears .... special makeup effects artist
Cynthia Vanis .... hair department head
Production Management
Stephanie Blackwood .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph Ciccarella .... first assistant director
Darryl Prevost .... second second assistant director
Eric Stanze .... second unit director
Melinda Ziyadat .... second assistant director
Art Department
Stephen Caputo .... assistant set decorator
Alan Dickson .... on-set dresser
Nicole Heffron .... assistant set decorator
Janelle Jones .... set dresser
Jessie Katz .... property master
Andrew Keck .... art department assistant
Grant McKenna II .... art department assistant
Tansy Michaud .... graphic artist
Bridget Rafferty .... assistant property master
Brian Spears .... propmaker
Amy Teitter .... additional set dresser
Sound Department
Shaun Brennan .... foley artist
David Briggs .... adr editor
Linzy Elliot .... adr recordist
Linzy Elliot .... sound editor
Lewis Goldstein .... sound re-recording mixer
Lewis Goldstein .... supervising sound editor
Max Greene .... sound effects editor
Jac Rubenstein .... dialogue editor
Tom Ryan .... foley editor
Tom Ryan .... foley mixer
Michael Sterkin .... sound mixer
Jerrell Suelto .... sound editor
Wen Hsuan Tseng .... adr mixer
Wen Hsuan Tseng .... sound editor
Dmitry Volovik .... boom operator
Ben Whitver .... adr mixer
Special Effects by
Pete Gerner .... special effects
Steve Saturn .... special effects assistant
Brian Spears .... special effects makeup
Visual Effects by
David Isyomin .... visual effects supervisor: & Company
Jared Burke .... stunts
Stefanie Flores .... stunt double
Anthony Vincent .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Bobby Boothe .... 2nd unit DP/B camera operator
Nekoro Bunsie .... additional electric
Brett Checkelsky .... second assistant camera
Blaine Chou .... swing
Keagan Fuller .... electrician
Dan Gartner .... gaffer
Corey Gegner .... first assistant camera
Steven McLaurin .... second assistant camera
Zachary Miller .... digital imaging technician
Peter Milmoe .... best boy electric
Bert Montanari .... best boy grip
Filipp Penson .... first assistant camera
John Shim .... key grip
Joe Wannemacher .... additional grip
Christopher Washington .... additional electrician
Casting Department
Anita Casamassima .... background casting coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brittany Agnew .... costume assistant
Jessica Bergstrom .... stitcher
Samantha Hawkins .... assistant costume designer
Amrita Kundu .... costume assistant
Brian Turpin .... tailor
Amanda Williams .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Milan Boncich .... colorist
Aaron Crozier .... assistant editor
Carolyn Cury .... digital intermediate administration
Kevin Kaim .... digital intermediate editor
Megan Marquis .... digital intermediate coordinator (as Megan Milnes)
Music Department
Linda Cohen .... music supervisor
Jeff Grace .... composer: theme music
Andy Noble .... music consultant
Other crew
Ainsley Bartholomew .... production accountant
Nick Bibbo .... production assistant
Cynthia Chou .... production coordinator
Nate Della Ratta .... assistant location manager
André Des Rochers .... production counsel
Kara Janeczko .... location manager
Zorinah Juan .... script supervisor
Sarah Karas .... assistant production coordinator
Brynn Moody .... production intern
James O'Connor .... production assistant
Alissa Ott .... production intern
Angel Martinez Paredes .... production assistant
Stephan Prevost .... production assistant
Brandon Regina .... production assistant
Anita Surendran .... production counsel
Missy Weeks .... production assistant
Erica Motley .... special thanks
Jeremy Platt .... special thanks

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Rated R for disturbing violence, bloody images, some sexuality, nudity and language
105 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Argentina:18 | Australia:R (2013) | Canada:18A (Alberta) | Canada:14A (British Columbia) | Canada:13+ (Québec) | Chile:14 | Germany:16 | Japan:R18+ | Japan:R15+ (edited version) | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | South Korea:18 (edited for re-rating) | South Korea:Limited (original rating) | UK:18 | USA:R

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Audio/visual unsynchronized: When the TV in the kitchen shows a news/weather alert for the storm, the caption on the broadcast spells Delaware as "Delware". The announcer on the broadcast clearly says Delaware.See more »
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17 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
We Are What We Are for Good or Bad, 23 October 2013
Author: FilmMuscle from United States

A film with such a visible title is surely hinting at the potential themes of the film, right? Well, popularly so, that seems to not be enough for the majority as they're seeking unusually complex films that are basically only made to reach that one significant message to the audience. In my honest opinion, not every film has to blatantly and pretentiously boast its themes and message in order to be considered a masterpiece or, at least, a great film. Upon entering a film, I expect it to entertain and immerse me in a memorable story, coupled with all the effective elements to make it so. If you're commencing this film with that mindset, you're almost guaranteed to have a much better experience. This motion picture tells a remarkable and compelling story about an isolated family who vastly differentiate from the normal citizens- a father and his two daughters and son- suddenly mourning the death of their mother/wife.

The film does noticeably carry along at a slow pace in its first half as the moviegoer adjusts to the environment and carefully observes this rural atmosphere and its wildly strange inhabitants. Once you familiarize yourself with the family's habits as their backstory unravels, the film begins to kick in. In defense to the flak the film's been receiving from critics who're essentially panning its sluggish pace, I'm forced to question why Terrence Malick's films (the earlier works, especially) are met with such unanimous applause because they perfectly replicate what it means to be excruciatingly slow-paced. With this unfolding plot, the pace eventually picks up in its latter half (unlike Malick's persistence in meddling pace), and we're ultimately greeted, for lack of a better term, with a remarkably tense ending, which serves as a pinnacle in conclusions. Although the film is frankly plagued by an element of predictability due to the way some scenes are shot, an edge of unpredictability is highly prevalent throughout the finale. The crowd encounters several twists and turns along the way until all has been exposed and the conflict hits its marvelous peak. Basically, this is one of those movies that are definitely redeemed by the exceptional manner in which the story wraps up.

By the way, this is, at the end of the day, a horror film in essence, and I greatly appreciated the film's preference of storytelling rather than the mindless path of excessive gore and pointless violence, that which infests the horrendous contemporary horror flicks. Admittedly, I found myself losing interest in the film's events and ensuing mystery until it finally reaches that sweet spot halfway through the story (as previously mentioned). In addition, it's superbly acted with the whole cast terrifically fitting into their roles and the father perfectly conveying that look of menace, intimidating everyone around him with a low-pitched, frightening voice and a werewolf-like, unshaven face. However, I'll have to mention just how irritated I was by the amount of mumbling that was occurring during the beginning. It was extremely difficult to grasp a single word out of their mouths, and I can't possibly stress just how much I hate actors' decisions to mumble. Understandably, they're often found in miserable positions. Regardless, without subtitles, you're left to struggle with understanding as the tale progresses.

Furthermore, the cinematography is undeniably beautiful at times and then, it also serves well when it comes to telling the story with that hint of tension and suspense (the primary goal of a cinematographer, in the first place, before going for fancier shots), complementary to the mise-en-scène as well. The director's consistent use of rack focusing undoubtedly contributes to the outstanding execution of some specific scenes, especially the grand finale. In the end, the film isn't fascinatingly complex or considerably intelligent, but it absolutely works in terms of plot, camera-work, and performances. Though the music disappointedly isn't striking and feels fairly bland and generic (removing potentially greater suspense and eeriness from the final product), We Are What We Are will likely stick in your mind due to the completely unexpected and pulsating intensity that erupts as it nears the finish mark.

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