|Index||5 reviews in total|
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Ouch. Fantasia 2016 is not starting off well for me. I first walked out
of The Lure (3/10) and now We are the Flesh joins my walk-out film
Like The Lure, the film started off with tremendous promise, introducing us to a first-time director with a very unique uncompromising vision that isn't afraid to push taboos. Unfortunately, We are the Flesh tries *too* hard to be shocking that I found myself rather numb with boredom by the halfway mark. The explicit sexuality became repetitive, the momentum of the film ponderous and eventually pretentious.
Kudos for a very game cast and the director for having the balls to go wherever he wants to go. Next time, spend a bit more time on the story and a bit less on the bodily fluids.
### Don't continue reading if you're easily upset. ###
'We Are The Flesh' is set in a post-apocalyptic setting. What kind of disaster has befallen earth this time we do not know; we do get to meet people who're walking disasters themselves, though. A man and his sister stumble across a vagabond living in an old ruin where he produces alcohol and follows crazy routines. He offers safe refuge on one condition: They must do as he says. Eventually, he even demands the siblings should have sex. When they comply, the vagabond dies from arousal, leaving them free to inhabit the ruin as they wish. At this point, however, they have already been consumed by his insanity
What is 'We Are The Flesh'? Over in the discussion forum someone asked other forumites whether they found this movie shocking or boring.
In my opinion it's both shocking and boring, really. Shockingly boring, too.
I had given this whatchamacallit a try because I like apocalyptic themes even though I don't like the genre. I should've known better. I'll remove one [-1] in the end for I should've known better.
About a quarter of an hour into the movie, all plot is thrown overboard here and repetitive metaphors are being injected into this flick like through a clap-stained junkie's syringe.
Some people might want to sit down, interpret the images they've seen and maybe even come up with something; and by "some people" I mean those artsy cheerleaders who'd also pay one million bucks for a canvas splattered with feces because they somehow managed to read a life- changing metaphor into dog poo.
'We Are The Flesh' is just crazy. I'm actually sorry for the actors who don't look like they enjoyed themselves much, especially not during the explicit sex scenes. Those like nearly everything else in the movie just do not feel organic, by the way. They've been added for shock value obviously and nothing but shock value.
Maybe the actors should've eaten the same mushrooms as the director? I must at least assume that the mind responsible for this movie was under influence of some intoxicating substance.
For what else do we have?
Rape, torture, explicit violence, sadism and urine- as well as menstruation-fetishism. Oh my. Please, someone tell those "visionary" movie makers: If you're unable to narrate the relationship between two protagonists without a minute-long closeup of some dude's stiff shaft, odds are you're utterly unable to achieve the same no matter how much explicit imagery you included.
It's more likely you have just gone out of your league!
Good God. I miss the days when they made subtle, intelligent movies which were confident that I would understand what was going on without hammering home a point that I had understood an hour ago. Movies where e.g. the director managed to transport the tragedy of a death without smearing brain fluid and skull fragments all over the camera lens; movies where it didn't take pornography to prove emotional attachment.
[ At this point I must reiterate: It's not the explicit imagery which bothered me. 'Blue Is The Warmest Color' for example was a grand movie regardless of its many explicit sex scenes. There, they used to be warranted and had the merit of portraying a young woman's sexual liberation. They weren't voyeuristic. However, this movie's voyeurism is off the charts!]
I'm sorry, but I don't really understand how 'We Are The Flesh' is supposed to be art. The word 'art' comes from Latin "ars", meaning "skilfulness". Screaming when whispering would suffice does not denote skills. Using an artist's means does not make anyone an artist.
I was about to wonder why it is that these days we can't have anything in between Michael Bay and this Emiliano Rocha Minter anymore but there is no meaningful distinction to set them apart. One uses a gigaton of fake explosives in order to create "suspense", the other uses a gigaton of actual ejaculate.
It seems as though indie movies had become another shade of mainstream cinema while I was not paying attention.
I read a lot about this film before seeing it, and not many people had
anything nice to say about it. It's being regarded as a crime against
humanity! With that, I don't agree. I found the beginning to have been
very well acted and the theme was setup well.
Then, it just goes off the rails in some surrealist artsy-fartsy direction that loses grip on what it was about in the first place (freedom = exploring the dark corners of your mind and embracing your taboo). It's not nearly as controversial as Serbian Film or Nekromantik, so if that's the hangup, people need to get over themselves. You spend 59 minutes of the 79 minute film not really knowing what is going on. All you can do is take in the pretty camera-work, which I thought was excellent. The musical selection was also really good. Basically, I wanted to hate this, but I'm able to easily find some noteworthy aspects to prevent me from throwing it away altogether.
This film is a bold slap in the face to the big studios who put out the same exercises in banality week after week. When you see the same romantic comedy and superhero movie over and over again, filmmakers tend to try to shock to get attention. Clearly We Are The Flesh accomplished that in spades with a mediocre film.
Was there even a script for this film? It feels like a three-year-old's version of "shocking," when it's boring, pretentious, and so on. We're treated to a crazy homeless guy who lets a brother and sister squat with him, but in exchange, they must do whatever he wants. He wants incest, torture, and murder. In the hands of a better filmmaker, this might be something, but it's one of the worst films I've ever seen, and I rather enjoy bad movies --- the so bad they're good kind. It takes a hell of a lot to make me actively hate a film. The most astonishing thing about this movie is why so many film festivals saw it as "art" and choose to screen it.
Never trust reviews from people who walk out of a movie. Reviews are
opinions stressed by people who watched the whole film. When people
write reviews of films they walked out of, that's not a review: it's an
This is as much as a review as it is an honest opinion by someone who watched the film in its entirety. Keeping in mind that great films shouldn't be loved by everyone.
We Are the Flesh is a cinematic version of dark thoughts and ideas most people immediately remove from their train of thought. As long as you are human enough to understand what is right and wrong in reality, there isn't a single thing wrong with examining dark and even grim thoughts that every single human being has from time to time.
This film explores those themes and presents them in ways that are meant to be hard to watch. These are themes that you normally wouldn't bring up in random conversations with random people. These are themes that aren't meant to be visited often but should be explored at least once. Just to see what they look like. Just to see what dark and grim things you otherwise would not have in your life (by choice) but are curious to see the repercussions from the vile acts that go on in dark places.
For me, We Are the Flesh depicts a horrid version of common, hopeless and deprived humanity. It's a brief example of those dark things I never would allow myself to act upon physically or emotionally. But I find those areas of the unknown panning out visually stimulating. Afterward, I can walk away when the film ends satisfied for experiencing a story that made me think of things I don't want to think about. But I can leave those dark questions answered by putting them behind me and leaving them with this film.
Which to me, makes for a wonderful and well made film.
|Official site||Plot keywords||Main details|
|Your user reviews||Your vote history|