We Are What We Are ★★★½

A moody and atmospheric examination of traditions and customs, passed down through generations and exacted with a steadfastness despite it's apparent irrelevance in a modern era - an allegory for religion perhaps?

The sweetest of meat is the treat, and a family spins out of control as responsibilities shift and the children have to step up and choose to accept and carry on a sacred ritual that may have once been survival, but is now a twisted an macabre delight, all the while a biblical storm threatens to unearth their secrets.

The performances are solid, the look and feel is immaculate in it's southern gothic setting and despite the languid and plodding pace, the film manages to be a mostly effective genre piece. The final scene threatens to haunt your dreams long after the credits roll...

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