Jim Mickle, whose 2010 post-apocalyptic monster picture Stake Land launched him into the top tier of filmmakers making artfully rendered low-budget horror pictures, is back with a lyrically photographed, deeply felt family drama that also happens to be about people that eat other people. In his remake of Jorge Grau’s fabulous 2011 Mexican shocker/political satire/cannibalism-themed exercise in existential miserablism We Are What We Are, Mickle moves the action from a hideously corrupt Mexico City to the rainy forests of the rural Catskills. It opens with the sudden and distressing death of a mysteriously stricken woman, Emma Parker (Kassie DePaiva). Her family, including her bullish husband Frank (Bill Sage), a pair of teenage daughters, Iris (Ambyr Childers) and Rose (Julia Garner), and a very young son Rory (Jack Gore), are left to fend for themselves in the depressing trailer park they call home, although they ostensibly own a great deal of land despite Frank’s seemingly spartan watch repair gig. Slowly the narrative reveals an even more distressing fact about this clan: for hundreds of years they’ve maintained a “tradition” that involves, uh, catching, killing and eating folks who occasionally pass by their property, with Frank in charge of disposing of the remains… Read full this story
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