We Are What We Are (2010)
Director: Jorge Michel Grau
Main Stars: Francisco Barreiro, Paulina Gaitan , Carmen Beato, Alan Chavez
Storyline: After the death of their father the family tries to hold it together and figure out they can with hold the ritual.
Review (Spoils): I found this movie from accident and man did a find a gem. This was not what I thought it was at all. We have a storyline of family that depended on their father to gather them victims for food. By word of mouth the daughter Sabina (Paulina Gaitan) finds out their father was found dead and now they must fend for themselves. We have internal family battles between the mother (Carmen Beato) and her two sons Alfredo (Francisco Barreiro) and the Juan (Alan Chavez) the younger hot headed one. This not your typical gore and bloody cannibal film it deals more with how the family is going to survive without their father to take care of them. It also deals with sexuality and family struggle for you should make the decisions now for the family. The whole cannibal side of the film is just the background of the story. Yes we have blood and some minor gore but the film moves mostly one character build. In this case the acting is amazing and well done and played well by all four family members.
The conflict between the two brothers keeps the movie moving in a great pace and the part where the police start to catch on and get a lead that leads them to family (starting with the finger found on the father) flows well. The character of Sabina alone is extremely well done. Paulina Gaitan is beautiful to watch on film (beautiful actually period) and the bathtub scene makes you wonder there might be more to the family than meets the eye. The ending of the film too leaves it nice and open and I like how they leave it at that.
Rating: For a film that I had no idea about till watching dragged me in. I loved this film even though it was missing the gore that normally goes with those films. Jorge Michel Grau did not want to go that direction and he built a great film about society itself by using this family of cannibals as an example. Grab some beers and sit on back and enjoy a film that is not your typical cannibal movie. Bring on Paulina Gaitan.