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We Are What We Are review

Keeping cannabalism in the family in this Mexican horror...

Cannibalism runs in the family in Jorge Michel Grau’s intelligent but underwhelming social-realist horror.

With the clan’s patriarch and provider gone, son Alfredo (Francisco Barreiro) is forced to kidnap prostitutes for his mum and siblings to snack on.

Alas, they’re a remote, dislikeable bunch, and while Grau manages several stabs of grim poetry – Alfredo’s fingerprints smeared on dirty glass signalling the dying of old ways – it’s a sullen effort, shot in muted ochre tones and only occasionally sparking to life through slashes of violence.

Actress Carmen Beato makes one mean mama, though.

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