We are THe fLesH

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re­leased 18 NOveM­Ber 18 | 80 min­utes Di­rec­tor emil­iano rocha Min­ter Cast María Cid, María evoli, diego Ga­maliel, Noé Hernán­dez

Let’s be clear up front, We Are The Flesh isn’t for ev­ery­one. If we de­scribed ev­ery­thing it con­tains, this re­view would need an 18 cer­tifi­cate.

It’s os­ten­si­bly about two young sib­lings, home­less and starv­ing, and their bur­geon­ing re­la­tion­ship with a troll-like older man who lives in an un­der­ground nest with easy ac­cess to eggs. In re­turn for food and shel­ter, the old man re­quires them to break per­sonal taboos, taboos that in­clude – but are def­i­nitely not lim­ited to – in­cest, mur­der and can­ni­bal­ism.

So far, so ex­ploita­tion cin­ema, but there’s a rea­son Ale­jan­dro González Iñár­ritu and Al­fonso Cuarón have sung young writer/ di­rec­tor Emil­iano Rocha Min­ter’s praises. This is a pow­er­ful, vis­ually im­pres­sive film, full of ugly beauty and po­etic vi­o­lence. Iñár­ritu and Cuarón know a di­rec­tor when they see one, and this is clearly the be­gin­ning of a long ca­reer.

Still, as gor­geously lit and shot as it is, we haven’t seen a film this grim since The Garbage Pail Kids Movie. Some cin­ema trips re­quire you to bring tis­sues, to dab away tears. This one makes you wish you had a wet wipe to clean the screen. A vomit bag might also be a good idea.

But de­spite the dis­gust factor, this is an im­por­tant, timely nar­ra­tive, with a po­lit­i­cal sub­text that only be­comes clear in the film’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary fi­nal mo­ments.

It begs the ques­tion: why do we watch hor­ror movies? For some, it’s to test bound­aries, to see what we can han­dle. For oth­ers, it’s a process of cathar­sis. Some peo­ple just want a date movie. If you’re in the lat­ter camp, sw­erve this film like it’s road­kill. It’s prob­a­bly the most dis­turb­ing hor­ror de­but since Hell­raiser. It’s def­i­nitely the gross­est.

The script says it best. At one key mo­ment, a char­ac­ter calmly states: “This is not your av­er­age party.” This is not your av­er­age movie. Sam Ashurst

In­side Frank’s ear canal was bril­liant!

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