EYES IN's Editor-in-Chief, Vivian Van Dijk viewed "We Are What We Are" at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival by Film Director Jim Mickle. Currently, the film is screening at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Below is her review from earlier this year.
“Last night I saw the film "We Are What We Are" at the Egyptian Theater on Main Street here in Park City. If you thought that ‘Silence of the Lambs’ gave you the thrills, wait until you will see this film. I was happy I did not eat before the screening, and also that I had a safe taxi drive back to my hotel...
This film at first shows you this very happy, tight knit family, who tries to cope with the loss of their mother....
‘We Are What We Are’ Director Jim Mickle manages to sweep the entire audience away, as if a thunderstorm suddenly struck. If as a director, you can do that to such a diverse audience, you know you have made something very substantial.
Shouts of fear and also cries of repulsiveness through the film were very much observable, especially as more acts of cannibalism come through. The strength of the direction in the film is the fact that the viewer oh so very slowly starts to realize that they are watching the creepiest film ever.
A classic horror story, which at the same time does not seem to have the typical ingredients of a horror story you might be used to, is what makes ‘We Are What We Are’ strong. You follow a romantic story that suddenly flips into a horror/thriller when human bones are found in a creek close by the Parker's family house, and the little boy is witnessing a big monster in the basement. This monster later turns out to be a missing girl that was kept in the home by the brutal father.
The cast of ‘We Are What We Are’ includes Bill Sage, Ambyr Childers, Julia Garner, Michael Parks, Wyatt Russell, and Kelly McGillis. I hope it will soon become available for a large audience. An ideal film to see on a cold winter night, safely surrounded by loved ones. Just skip on the serving of soup, you will know why when you watch the film!”—Vivian Van Dijk
"We Are What We Are" tells the tale of a seemingly wholesome and benevolent family, the Parkers have always kept to themselves, and for good reason. Behind closed doors, patriarch Frank (Bill Sage) rules his family with a rigorous fervor, determined to keep his ancestral customs intact at any cost. As a torrential rainstorm moves into the area, tragedy strikes and his daughters Iris (Ambyr Childers) and Rose (Julia Garner) are forced to assume responsibilities that extend beyond those of a typical family.
In this re-imagining of the 2010 Mexican film of the same name, Jim Mickle paints a gruesome and suspenseful portrait of an introverted family struggling to keep their macabre traditions alive, giving us something we can really sink our teeth into.
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