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We Are What We Are


Taste this Mexican meal concerning the other white meat.

Rod Lott July 25th, 2011

Members of the family at the heart of "We Are What We Are" share blood, both literally and figuratively. Because they're cannibals, you see.

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Father knows best, but when the patriarch pukes up bile on the sidewalk and dies a most undignified death, that leaves the clan on their own for food. His two sons man a watch stand at an outdoor flea market to support the fam, but one of the young men's hotheadedness gets them kicked out. Now what?

The Spanish-language film follows their verging-on-comical attempts to acquire dinner, first from homeless kids, then street hookers, then gay clubbers. Their desire drives the various siblings and their mother to extremes, which veer toward the visually horrific. It's kind of like if "Let the Right One In" stuck to the father figure's efforts to find human feed. (Speaking of that superlative Swedish film, "We Are" even apes its iconic setting of the apartment-complex playground.)

It's also similar in that writer/director Jorge Michel Grau's debut feature is lean, tight and leaves a lasting impression long after the end credits have faded to black. —Rod Lott

 
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