WE ARE WHAT WE ARE Yet again, they found themselves staring hungrily at the mailman.

THE FAMILY THAT EATS TOGETHER... eats a lot of whore flesh together? The dark, stylish Mexican film We Are What We Are is less an exploitation flick about a poverty-stricken family of cannibals and more a moody piece about familial ties and strife after the loss of a family's patriarch, who was the clan's sweetbread winner. After his father's gnarly poisoning and his mother's grief-induced shutdown, Alfredo (Francisco Barreiro) must provide for his sociopathic brother Julián (Alan Chávez) and sister Sabina (Paulina Gaitán). But in this household, putting dinner on the table means kidnapping a street urchin or sidling up to some prostitutes. It's a bit unclear why the family has a long tradition of being cannibals (maybe because they're so poor?), but Alfredo must either follow in his father's footsteps or his family will perish. This is a film that succeeds on a quiet level—forgiving some heavy-handedness and bewildering plot points, it's really an understated family drama about relationships, expectations, and secrets. So I guess the characters of We Are What We Are are, in fact, what they eat—humans to the flawed, fucked-up bone.