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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
5 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Official Site | Official site [Japan] | See more »

Country:

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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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

Soundtracks

It Was Me That Made Her Bad
Written by Tommy Strange, Bobbye Strange and Kenny Brewer
Performed by Tommy Strange & The Features
Courtesy of Fervor Records Vintage Masters
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A good remake of a foreign film... that's rare.
22 June 2014 | by sstetskoSee all my reviews

Having seen and quite enjoyed the Spanish original I was a bit concerned about seeing it remade. My concerns were unfounded though as it turns out since, while the director did use the general idea of the original, he did not so much do a remake as a spin off. The setting, characters, general plot, and ending all very significantly deviate from the original, and there is even a detailed back story added which creates, if not sympathy, at least comprehension for the acts this family does.

The movie itself is beautifully developed to create both a very plausible realism and very well defined characters. It is these characters that are the goal, and the movie does not resort to needless gore to satisfy cruder appetites. The acting is carried off quite flawlessly, and we do find ourselves at least rooting for the children to some degree. All in all it was well worth the watch.

Would I say it is better than the original? Well, given that they are both very different it would be unfair to pit them against each other directly. I will say I did prefer the original overall as it was first, so it took some of the novelty out of the second, and the original made it more of a sort of very twisted coming of age tale than the second movie did, and I really liked that dimension of it. But if I look at them more as apples and oranges, I would say they both are very well done and each earns its place as a highly recommended piece of work.


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