We Are What We Are (2013) Tuesday, 14 July 2020

We Are What We Are (2013)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    R18+: High impact violence.

  • The pitch:

    We are what we eat.

  • Starring:

    Julia Garner, Ambyr Childers, Jack Gore, Bill Sage, Michael Parks, Kassie Wesley DePaiva, Kelly McGillis

  • Directed by:

    Jim Mickle

  • Running time:

    105 minutes

  • Rated:

    R18+ (Australia), 18 (UK), R (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People get eaten, shot, stabbed, bitten, mauled, kidnapped, bound, hit with objects, bludgeoned, accidentally injured, drowned, butchered (implied), bitten, murdered. Patricide, missing persons, destroying evidence. Objects knocked over in anger, smashed glass, aggressive behaviour. Flooded community. Blood/gore: Corpses (animal, human, floating, tied up). Autopsy (organs, open flesh, bloody cuts). Eating flesh, bloody mouth, human remains, skull, bones, bone fragments, detached tooth, bloody nose, bleeding, blood on clothing, slit wrist, bloodletting, slit throat, open wounds. 

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Full-frontal female nudity. Teen sex, kissing, flirting. Exposed breasts, shirtless man. Girls in shower (no genitals seen).

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Arsenic poisoning. Alcohol (beer). Smoking.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-word, a-word, b*tch. Heavy religious references.

  • THEMES:

    Cannibalism, abduction, grief, fasting, abstinence, diary-keeping, survival, sacrifice, ritual, fanaticism, investigation, tradition, righteousness, siblings, savagery, hunger, upbringing, piety, family, obligation.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Deceased wife/mother, ill child. Deceased woman mentioned. Funeral setting, grave-digging. Spider web, pig, dogs, deer, ants. Thunder, fireworks. Butchering, mincing meat, raw meat, grilling chicken, frying bacon. Tongue-poking, burping, thumb-sucking. Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, motor neuron disease, Prion disease, Kuru disease, fear of the dark mentioned.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Chilling, mature, serious-minded, polished, evocative, disturbing, suspenseful, refreshing, gruesome, tense, beautiful, sad, compelling, resonant, grisly, quiet, gross, poetic, creepy. Terrific performances, foreboding atmosphere, atypical characters, methodical plotting, queasy finale, finely etched characters, silently gloomy, luscious score, ominous tone.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Meandering, slow-burning, predictable, humourless. More stomach-turning than scary.

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