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Cannes Video Day 4: Jorge Michel Grau’s We Are What We Are (Somos lo que hay)

My thinking is that there is a nice future ahead for this edgy, auteur, little Mexican horror flick and plenty in store for the pic’s helmer in Jorge Michel Grau. A film that borrows more from the family drama than the actual freight factors (there are some gore scenes, but it is almost an after-thought).

My thinking is that there is a nice future ahead for this edgy, auteur, little Mexican horror flick and plenty in store for the pic’s helmer in Jorge Michel Grau. A film that borrows more from the family drama than the actual freight factors (there are some gore scenes, but it is almost an after-thought). I dropped by briefly for the press conference for We Are What We Are (Somos lo que hay) – which had actors Francisco Barreiro, Carmen Beato and Paulina Gaitan (from Sin Nombre fame) along with producer Nicolás Celis (a co-producer on Agua fria de mar). What I distinctly liked about the film is the family dynamic aspect – who is the boss when dad ain’t coming home anymore and I like the symbolic mention of how corrupt Grau’s native country is. A must see on the festival circuit.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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