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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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Jim Mickle
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Vonia Arslanian ... Emily Meeks
Larry Fessenden ... Bearded Tenant
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Storyline

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

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Taglines:

Blood is the strongest bond.

Genres:

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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USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 2013 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Iskonski nagon See more »

Filming Locations:

Margaretville, New York, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,727, 29 September 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$76,633, 27 October 2013
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Based on the screenplay "Somos Lo Que Hay" by Jorge Michel Grau. See more »

Goofs

The dungeon door's window bars were removed each time the camera looked through it. Four wide vertical bars were visible in approach and open door shots. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Remake of Somos lo que hay (2010) See more »

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A Child Alone
Written by Eddie Eldon and Alfred T Picinni
Performed by Eddie Eldon
Courtesy of John P Dixon for Ramco
By Arrangement with Fervor Records Vintage Masters
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"All this damn rain gets in the bones"
19 April 2014 | by doug_park2001See all my reviews

Dark, slow but steady film about the apparently normal Parker family, who share a macabre secret ritual. Excellent acting and cinematography bring an immediate realism that really carries this film. WARNING: If gore and grossness get to you, stay away. While WE ARE WHAT WE ARE is not just a constant schlock-fest, there is some pretty disturbing stuff here: Short but graphic scenes of an autopsy, etc.

There's been some debate about whether or not WAWWA is really a horror film, and I would vote a definite "yea" even though the whole mood and atmosphere are different (and better in many ways) than most contemporary horror flicks. There are some elements of suspense, but you know the big "secret" before it's halfway through--the cover also gives a decent hint--so it doesn't exactly work as a mystery. Regardless, the brief flashbacks to the family's ancestors in the 1780s add a great deal.

Though none of the individual elements here are anything that hasn't been done plenty of times before, WAWWA's whole combination of qualities make it a different experience. It's obviously low budget but still far from being another super-amateurish cheapie. The makers of this film did an excellent job with what they had to work with. There are some blank spots--e.g., the body in the water--and a little stronger sense of place would have been nice. At the same time, it's probably better that they don't explain every little thing away.


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