We Are the Flesh – Mexico-France, 2016

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We Are the Flesh – original title: Tenemos la carne – is a 2016 Mexican-French fantasy horror drama written and directed by Emiliano Rocha Minter.

The film stars María Cid, María Evoli, Diego Gamaliel, Noé Hernández and Noé Hernández.

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In a seemingly post-Apocalyptic world, two teen siblings find their way into one of the last remaining buildings. There, an ageing grubby old man offers food to sister (Maria Evoli) and brother (Diego Gamaliel) if they are willing to transform his dwelling into a womb-like cave. He pressures them further to abandon any inhibitions, and indulge in acts of bloodlust and murder…

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Reviews:

heavily inspired by French guru and mentor Donatien Alphonse Francois de Sade and the philosophy of libertinism, packing several other stabs at undermining the austere and traditional Christian logic of approaching life and its circumstances. Excessive, corporeal and transgressive…” Martin Kudlac, Screen Anarchy

“It’s almost impossible to enjoy in the conventional sense unless you’re in possession of the darkest, demented sense of humour, regardless, there are some (extremely) guilty chuckles to be had, in between and during scenes that uncomfortably make you question your humanity, morality and overall sanity.” Mark Bartlett, Flickering Myth

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” …scenes are shot with frank delight, Alvarado’s lens drinking in the lithe contortions of the extremely game performers, switching in one memorable scene to heat-map imagery as an intense coupling unfolds.” Catherine Bray, Variety

“Plunge elbow deep into the vats of human flesh porridge and you might just find an allegory for Mexican society. Arresting as it is, however, there’s a sense of wasted potential and shock tactics deployed for no reason other than to gross out the audience.” Wendy Ide, The Guardian

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We Are the Flesh straddles the line between narrative and explicit performance art, documenting the process of turning the warehouse into a labyrinth of womb-like chambers … The performances are fearless and the filmmaking undeniably artful…” Jason Coffman, Daily Grindhouse

“The standout here is Hernandez as a permanently grinning father figure full of vile threats and decadent orders. His theories and monologues are gold, and his pure physical presence must be seen to be believed. Debut director Minter shows an extraordinary bravery. Not once wincing away from his own script, he commands every scene with his whirling camerawork, blistering editing and deafening sound effects.” Elliott Maguire, UK Horror Scene

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Filming locations:

Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

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