film: somos lo que hay


So the other night I watched Somos lo que hay (We Are What We Are) a Mexican film by Jorge Michel Grau from 2010 and then yesterday I watched the US remake We Are What We Are by Jim Mickle from 2013.

Interestingly in the remake all the genders of the main characters have been switched, a patriarch and two suffering sisters instead of a matriarch and two brooding brothers, and the teenage sister played in the original by Paulina Gaitanis now a male child who takes no active part in the family’s “Ritual”.

That Ritual is given an historical / ancestral background through flashbacks in the remake whereas it’s roots are vague in the original, and it’s more of a straightforward mystery / suspense / horror film with none of the social / political undercurrents of the Mexican film.

Both interesting films…