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We Are What We Are(Somos lo que hay)

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Mexico · 2010
1h 30m
Director Jorge Michel Grau
Starring Paulina Gaitán, Francisco Barreiro, Alan Chávez, Carmen Beato
Genre Horror, Thriller

A middle-aged man dies in the street, leaving his widow and three children destitute. The devastated family is confronted not only with his loss but with a terrible challenge -- how to survive. They need to consume human flesh to live, and with their father gone, they must hunt.

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Empire by Adam Smith

Surely cinema's first Mexican social-realist cannibal horror drama, it's grimly funny and at times horribly effective stuff. Ickily excellent.


IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Representing lower-class violence taken to an extreme, the cannibalism cannot be contained by police work. The movie's gradual build to a thrilling, appropriately bloody climax intensifies this disconnect.


NPR by Ian Buckwalter

Like zombie auteur George Romero at his best, Grau locks his sights on his social commentary of choice and goes after it with the zeal of a 19-year-old cannibal girl sinking an ax into the skull of her next meal. The result is messy, but it makes more than a meal.


Village Voice by J. Hoberman

This promising first feature is nearly as apt to use the power of suggestion as to ladle up the gore, triumphantly creepy, and just arty enough to have secured a slot in last year's New York Film Festival.


The A.V. Club by Keith Phipps

Mixing social commentary and black humor with copious amounts of blood and cracking bones, We Are What We Are offers a cannibal's-eye view of Mexico City's seamier side.


Time Out by Keith Uhlich

You can practically taste the grime in Jorge Michel Grau's art-house horror show-the film looks like it's been slathered with gooey discards from a backyard barbecue.

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