A poor family in Mexico City, having lost its patriarch, scrambles to maintain its way of life.
While one son struggles to live up to the expectations and needs of the family, his brother seems unsure how to fit into the new dynamic. Their sister plays a more supportive but no less vital role, while the mother alternates between anger and grief. That they are desperate to continue their lifestyle as urban cannibals seems somehow beside the point.
The debut feature from Mexican writer-director Jorge Michel Grau, "We Are What We Are" is an unexpectedly rich exploration of family bonds, blood rituals and the oftentimes zombie-like desire to assume the roles proscribed to each of us, played out with a sharp undertow of political allegory and darkly comic sensibility.
The film places a stark frame around the familiar panic and cruel anxiety of striving to get to what we each want and need day after day, whether it's money, emotional validation — or how to dispose of the unconscious hooker in the trunk.