Review

Harry says the Cannibal Family Drama WE ARE WHAT WE ARE (SOMOS LO QUE HAY) shares an emotion reality with AMORES PERROS!

Published at: Sept. 26, 2010, 8:15 p.m. CST by headgeek

Hey folks, Harry here with a look at a film that Elijah Wood told me, "Prepare Yourself," and dude, that fucker was in Mordor. PREPARE YOURSELF. WE ARE WHAT WE ARE begins as we find an older man in Mexico die in the streets anonymously. We see his body gathered and cleaned up. They perform an autopsy. Find a finger in the stomach. Thus begins an investigation. At the same time - we find that man's two sons, a daughter and widow having to cope with the loss of their spiritual & culinary leader having died. They argue over leadership of their family unit. They attempt to hunt, to varying degrees of success - and throughout the film - it is just real. I tend to think of cannibalism as this fictional South Pacific Island stories from a few hundred years ago. Or I think of the Texas Hill Country BBQ... but now - WE ARE WHAT WE ARE - makes me more terrified of traveling in Mexico than I've ever had - because Jorge Michel Grau's WE ARE WHAT WE ARE is as realistic as I can possibly imagine an urban cannibal familial situation would run, without ever being found out... generationally. This film made me feel icky in a very real sense. The family dynamic is just crazy. Older Brother is being manipulated by the sister to take over the family, his younger brother who is naturally more aggressive, but never thinks things through. Then there's the batshit insane mother. And yet, in their economic reality - they make cannibalism seem awfully reasonable. This is a Horror Drama - and frankly we don't get near enough of these types of films. Really great work, in particular keep your eye on Jorge Michel Grau - he's going places.


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  • Sept. 26, 2010, 4:20 a.m. CST

    I got a better title... ATES ENOUGH!

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    BAM!

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 4:28 a.m. CST

    ooh ooh... Family Pies

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    A sitcom revolving around an upper-middle class family called the Eaten's. Hilarity ensues as the parents try to raise their kids right in the craziness that is the go-go eighties. Will the oldest son Alex P. Eaten fulfill his destiny to become President? Will Mallory make it with the hunky ex-con who doesn't at meat? How long can the Eaten family last before they eat that annoying cunt Andy?

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 4:32 a.m. CST

    How about The Hogan Family

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    Y'know, set after they ate their ungrateful bitch of a mother.

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 4:51 a.m. CST

    Monty Python's Graham Chapman said it best:

    by Rocco Curioso

    "There is *no* cannibalism in the British Navy. And when I say there is no cannibalism, I mean... there *is* a certain amount".<P>Much like necrophilia and man/man buttfucking, cannibalism is a subject that should never be explored in movies, exCEPT for comedic purposes. That's the fact, Jack. Still... no surprise that, as a 2nd-generation hippie and known perv... Harry ate this one up (NPI).

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 5:24 a.m. CST

    sounds intense

    by billyhitchcock1

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 6:34 a.m. CST

    They find a huge dick in the guys throat!

    by Papa CaveDweller

    Meh.

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 6:44 a.m. CST

    "We Are What We Eat" would be a better title

    by Jehovahs_Witness

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Jehovahs_Witness... you mean a more obvious one

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Blackwhiteromance.com---InterracialLoving

    by blackwhiteromance

    love it

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 8:18 a.m. CST

    Epic Four Paragraph Review Dude!

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    Too big for your Twitter feed I take it?

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Blackwhitecannibalism.com -- Interracial Cannibalism

    by CHRISTIAN_BALE_TRASHED_MY_LIGHTS

    Just because you're a white guy, it don't mean you only have to eat white meat.<p>EAT IT.

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 8:31 a.m. CST

    Nice name drop.....

    by benlinus

    ...in the first sentence Harry, and extremely important to the article too! Also, try proofreading and not drinking when you write. "It is just real" WHAT is just real Harry? Jeez Louise Harry, Dont you read your own talkbacks anymore? Havent ENOUGH people told you this already?

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 9 a.m. CST

    Who eats a finger whole

    by TheJudger

    Bone and all. Chew your food. I mean I would denail it first if it was hairy. I would shave it. I would boil it until the meat was soft enough to come off the bone with a spoon. Seriously that part of the plot kinda ruins it. He ate the finger whole. They should have foudn pieces of part undeniably human inside him like parts of an ear or a chewed up eyeball or something.

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Is this Harry's shortest review ever? That's just laziness!

    by BetterCallSaul

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST

    FUCK'S SAKE, KNOWLES

    by TommyGavinsEgo

    Even your headlines aren't making sense. "Shares an emotion reality"? I think he means "emotional reality". Seriously, these "reviews" are giving me a headache. Proof read for Christ's sake. Organise your thoughts. Get the fuck off Twitter for ten minutes and take the time to work out what you want to say. <p> The strange thing is, fellow TB'ers - check out some of Harry's reviews from a way back. A few years. The big guy was far more erudite in his writing. What the fuck happened Harry!

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST

    People are always finger-lickin' good!

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Because people want pathos in a cannibal horror film...

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 10:29 a.m. CST

    If they remake this, they'll get Sean Penn and Cate Blanchett

    by MrMysteryGuest

    and have it come out in the fall so they can have some Oscar buzz, because that's what producers usually do during that time of year anyway. And maybe add Naomi Watts to the cast too!

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 11 a.m. CST

    Tommy Gavin, how do you spell "cannibal?"

    by Disgruntled_Chinaman

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 11:59 a.m. CST

    yer mama ..... and I mean this with all due respect

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    FUCK OFF YU CUNTING SLAG!!!!!!

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 1:29 p.m. CST

    "and throughout the film - it is just real."

    by D.Vader

    What the fuck does that even mean.

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    "without ever being found out... generationally."

    by D.Vader

    What the fuck does THAT mean?!

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    "This film made me feel icky in a very real sense."

    by D.Vader

    Can you feel icky in a very fake sense?

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    How does Amores Perros have ANYTHING to do with this?

    by D.Vader

    Stop namechecking other movies and TELL us what the movie is like instead of lazily saying "it's like the opening to Dawn of the Dead!"

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Cannibal Review!

    by UtinniPuccini

    I just got off the phone with Sean Astin, and he said to watch out for this Mexican cannibal movie! It's just like Y TU MAMA TAMBIEN: it's set in Mexico, stars Mexicans, and has an ending! I'm afraid to go to Mexico now, because Mexicans eat people... it made me feel sick in a very real way! A cannibal-based economy may not be such a bad thing, am I right?

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Chicago People...

    by CockyPop

    This is showing at CIFF on October 13 and 15.

  • Sept. 26, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

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  • Sept. 27, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Cannibalism drama

    by kenji

    If it hits...sequel/ripoffs! Imagine the cannibalism sports movie! Or romantic-comedy? Preachy inner-city teen dance movie?

  • Sept. 28, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST

    Yeah it is

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  • Sept. 29, 2010, 1:10 a.m. CST

    The correct translation is "We are what there is"

    by Keanu Gives

    But I guess it doesn't make sense.

  • Sept. 29, 2010, 4:26 p.m. CST

    Ninety (90) days, it is, gentlemen!!!

    by The Bicycle Sharer

    I'm gonna repost this in a few other talkbacks. Please be kind enough to help me out. In honor of D.Vader and in response to Harry Knowles's email in which Harry threatened to permanently ban D. Vader if **WE** became annoying in our protests ("Chris will have a 90 day ban, unless he and his friends get annoying, in which case his ban will become perm.") Ain't it cool, guys? Threatening to ban someone for a protest initiated by OTHERS? And remember - this is from the fat liberal protest-worshiping toad himself! Guess "peace" and "love" and "power to the people" ain't exactly all that when it's directed at the capricious whims of you, your contributors and your site. For purposes of solidarity and protest, I'm taking Ain't It Cool out of my drop down menu, set my Outlook Reminder, and am avoiding this site for ninety (90) days - I'll return 12/28/10. If Vader's back, cool. If not, well, like others have said, there are plenty of OTHER sites to get this shit from. The one redeeming grace of this site has been the talkbacks and the people (smart, stupid, crazy, fun, insane, wild, angry people) in the talkbacks. But it looks like Harry et al. have decided to behave in a dictatorial and willfully impulsive manner, alienating many talkbackers. I'm done. See you in ninety!

  • Sept. 30, 2010, 7:25 p.m. CST

    D.vader just called me..................

    by ORIONgods

  • Nov. 20, 2010, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Anyone else missing The Bicycle Sharer?

    by ISleptWithKathyBatesAndAllThatIGotWasThisStupidTalkbackName

    "Who?"<p>Thought so.