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We Are What We Are (2010)

Somos lo que hay (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 3 December 2010 (Mexico)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Jorge Michel Grau

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Jorge Michel Grau (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Francisco Barreiro ... Alfredo
Paulina Gaitan ... Sabina (as Paulina Gaitán)
Alan Chávez Alan Chávez ... Julián
Carmen Beato Carmen Beato ... Patricia
Adrián Aguirre Adrián Aguirre ... Adriana
Jorge Zárate Jorge Zárate ... Owen
Esteban Soberanes Esteban Soberanes ... Octavio
Miguel Ángel Hoppe Miguel Ángel Hoppe ... Gustavo
Noé Hernández Noé Hernández ... Taxista
Octavio Michel Octavio Michel ... Teniente
Humberto Yáñez Humberto Yáñez ... Papá
Darwin Enahudy Darwin Enahudy ... Empleado tienda
Alejandro Faugier Alejandro Faugier ... Dueño Reloj
Elida Contreras Elida Contreras ... Lideresa
Juan Carlos Colombo ... Director de la Funeraria
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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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Taglines:

Young. Wild. Hungry.

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Drama | Horror

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

3 December 2010 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

We Are What We Are See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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$334,719
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Alan Chavez - who plays Julian - was involved in an argument amongst his friends which escalated into gunfire. More shots were fired when the police arrived on the scene, with the result that Chavez was mortally wounded. The film is dedicated to him. See more »

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Remade as We Are What We Are (2013) See more »

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An unsettling yet highly compelling tale of a family in turmoil
9 November 2010 | by filmbanthaSee all my reviews

We are what we are is the rarest of beasts, a macabre tale that has the power to delight and disturb in equal measures with its unique take on a family under turmoil. Unlike the majority of horror films that focus on the victims and their struggles against evil, this unflinching portrayal of cannibalism follows a family of killers and their struggle to survive in the harsh and unforgiving environment of the Mexican suburbs.

After the head of the family meets a gruesome end, it falls upon his eldest son, Alfredo, to take responsibility for the surviving members; his younger siblings and his grieving mother. Each of them have their own agendas and it is not long before these conflicting issues result in horrifying consequences for both the family and the people they prey on for food. The less known about the storyline the better, which is why my description of the plot is suitably vague, as the majority of the films more unsettling moments come as a complete surprise for the unsuspecting viewer.

Apart from Antichrist, this is the only film I have viewed where audience members have left the cinema during the more graphic scenes, and this certainly confirms that We are what we are is a very powerful film, not for the faint hearted but very rewarding for those that persevere. With cinematography on par to that of the hauntingly beautiful shots seen throughout Let the Right One In and a subject matter as realistically brutal as the gruesome deaths of the unsuspecting victims in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this is a perfect example of an atmospheric horror that chills you to the core by combining a stark yet realistic situation with unflinching scenes of violence.

The majority of modern horror films rely on cheap scares and shock tactics to batter the viewers senses and it is encouraging to see that there are still directors out there who clearly have a great respect for the genre and shift their focus towards creating a brooding atmosphere and a compelling storyline. This brave and accomplished attempt at reinvigorating a stale genre certainly marks Jorge Michel Grau as a promising director for the future and whilst We are what we are may not be the masterpiece that horror fans are hoping for, it certainly comes pretty damn close.

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