We Are What We Are

We Are What We Are

Jim Mickle (2013)

18 Certificate


Our Score
Jim Mickle's savvy re-imagining of the 2010 Mexican art house horror marks a quantum leap forward in maturity and style for the Stake Land director. It's a more mainstream proposition than Jorge Michel Grau's original film and exchanges urban angst for rural eeriness to deliver a subtle yet nuanced slice of American Gothic. Following their mother's unexpected death, the two teenage Parker sisters (Ambyr Childers and Julia Garner) are ordered by their stern father Bill Sage to carry out a macabre ancestral ritual. But when torrential storms hit upstate New York and the river overflows, local authorities start uncovering long-buried clues leading them closer to the Parker family's cannibalistic secret. Mickle's film is seasoned with remarkable performances from a top-notch cast, unexpected bursts of visceral poetry and potent plot details (including flashbacks to the origins of their "religion" and the grisly text they refer to as a family bible), which add enormous weight and a rare artistic integrity to this solid, satisfyingly restrained shocker.


A secretive family of cannibals is rocked by a tragedy that puts their carefully ordered world into jeopardy. The two daughters are forced to take desperate measures to protect their parents' traditions as a torrential rainstorm threatens to expose the remains of their victims. US remake of the Mexican horror, starring Julia Garner and Ambyr Childers.

Cast & Crew

Frank Parker Bill Sage
Iris Parker Ambyr Childers
Rose Parker Julia Garner
Marge Kelly McGillis
Doc Barrow Michael Parks
Deputy Anders Wyatt Russell
Sheriff Meeks Nick Damici
Alyce Parker Odeya Rush
Director Jim Mickle
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: E1 EntertainmentAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 28 Feb 2014