With the release of an American remake imminent, I decided to watch the original Spanish production of WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (Somos Lo Que Hay).
the sudden death of their father, Alfredo, Julian and their sister
Sabina must rise above their negative, gloom and doom mother to keep the
family, and its traditions together. Alfredo is the oldest and smart,
but shy and naive and is next in line to be the man of the house. It
doesn't take long for the family to reveal that they are cannibals.
However the fact that they live in a busy city is a bit different from
the normal backwoods, or jungle cannibal family.
of the potential for thrilling, scary or exciting situations based on
the setting and plot are wasted as the film revolves around the families
incredibly grating Lifetime Channel drama. I wanted nothing more than
the mother to get slapped across the face for being an obnoxious piece
of shit throughout the entire film. For a starving family of cannibals
she sure is a picky bitch when it comes down to what type of person
she'll eat. There is also a half assed police investigation subplot that
never comes together to make the screen time it uses worth it. The
brother Alfredo and his sister Sabina are the bright spot of the film,
as he deals with who he is in the face of trying to provide for his
family in this insane scenario and she is the brains of the family
trying to play puppet master to everyone to make it work.
ARE WHAT WE ARE is directed by Jorge Michel Grau in his feature debut.
He is perhaps best known now for his entry into The ABCs Of Death with
the entry for the letter I, which apparently didn't stick with me for
better or worse as it doesn't ring a bell to me at all. This movie is
capably directed but again, it is a wasted opportunity. While not
terrible, it does leave the door open for the American remake to surpass
it. I'll be interested in checking that out when it is released.