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We Are the Flesh - Arrow Video Print E-mail
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Written by Richard Taylor   
Saturday, 14 January 2017
Review of We Are the Flesh from Arrow Video on Severed Cinema


AKA: Tenemos la carne, Είμαστε η σάρκα

Directed by: Emiliano Rocha Minter
Written by: Emiliano Rocha Minter
Produced by: Emiliano Rocha Minter, Julio Chavezmontes, Moises Cosio
Cinematography by: Yollotl Alvarado
Editing by: Emiliano Rocha Minter, Yibran Asuad
Music by: Esteban Aldrete
Cast: Noé Hernández, María Evoli, Diego Gamaliel, María Cid, Gabino Rodríguez
Year: 2016
Country: Mexico
Color: Color
Language: English
Runtime: 1h 19mins

Studio: Piano, Reel Suspects
Distribution: Arrow Video

Subversive or transgressive cinema comes to mind as first impressions arise from watching the trailer for We Are the Flesh. A film that is both shocking and pretentious, daring and original but sometimes loses steam and results in being twisted up in its own artistry, becoming boring in some instances where it seems to stand still. The movie’s undertones speak of political unrest in Mexico and the current social situations of living in a crumbling city of despair. I appreciate the message of what We Are the Flesh is trying to say, I just don't get the whole picture and the way in which they decide to convey it in this particular fashion.

The infamous A Serbian Film comes to mind as filmmaker Srdjan Spasojevic was trying to make a bold political statement that we are fucked right when we are born with his controversial film. We Are the Flesh and A Serbian Film only relate in trying to make bold political statements, while content-wise they differ drastically of course. We Are the Flesh is deep rooted in bizarre rituals, isolation, incest and borderline insanity in an illusion of survival.

The visual style of We Are the Flesh is brilliant -- it looks like this dingy, grimy piece of film but also contains these haunting visuals which are actually created by the cast themselves as they build this landscape with a supposed portal which has something to do with their rebirth. If you can sit through it, We Are the Flesh challenges the viewer to look at the human psyche when it’s stripped down to its rawest form. In this apocalyptic landscape, when the only survivors are a brother and sister, is a pussy hole just a pussy hole meant to be fucked no matter blood relation? Noé Hernández’s character Mariano seems to think so.

The story in the beginning simply unfolds as we are introduced to a bizarre character named Mariano. Mariano is making homemade fuel and partaking in various insane practices which he has embraced in his isolation of living in an apparent wasteland. Soon a young brother and sister (played by Diego Gamaliel and María Evoli) cross Mariano's path and events start unfolding in a strange fashion. Mariano has all of them building a temple of sorts with caverns and a lone passage way at the top. He entices the brother and sister to have sexual relations and seems to have some sort of power over the young girl.

The movie then turns into a surreal mindfuck of explicit sex bordering on pornography including oral sex, masturbation and penetration. The male and female genitalia are an important catalyst for the story as they bring new life. There is a fusion here of utter insanity, the will to survive and an instinct to climax all rolled into one. Multiple viewings are needed to unlock and dissect all of the imagery and symbolism that the film is swimming in. The rebirth of the arthouse horror film capturing the sentiments of the work of Alejandro Jodorowsky, and while also lying in the underbelly of say more graphic and visceral to the point films such as Martyrs or Salo Or The 120 Days Of Sodom. The conclusion is something special as well -- think rebirth through sexual fury, with an introduction of a slew of new characters after the seemingly isolation which festered in the first half of the movie. We Are the Flesh is a challenging, original and surreal horror experience which questions your morals, perception of reality and bends your mind’s eye while delivering blistering social commentary.

We Are the Flesh opens in theatres in Los Angeles on January 13th and in New York City on January 20, with a subsequent Blu-ray release from Arrow Video on February 14th.





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