Fantasia Film Review: We Are The Flesh (Tenemos La Carne)

(Source: Arrow Films)

(Source: Arrow Films)

I had the chance to watch Emiliano Rocha Minter’s We Are The Flesh. This movie owns the description of transgressive, pushing taboos of the flesh onto the screen and into your mind. Is it still a horror movie when all the sins are of the flesh?

He doesn’t have a name for most of the movie but because of the traditional Mañanitas that is sung at him later for his birthday, we’re going to call him Mariano (Noé Hernández). He’s a destitute man living in an abandoned building. He picks up stuff that he uses to build something big. He gets eggs and food through a hole in the wall in exchange for things. What things? Eat your eggs.

He takes in Fauna (María Evoli) and Lucio (Diego Gamaliel). There’s an allegory here of some kind, and I’m missing it. They want food and shelter and they’re willing to help Mariano with building. What exactly is he building? He seems to be turning a room into something of a cave. A cave that could very well be hell itself.

Mariano will eventually push this brother and sister to commit every sin of the flesh he can think of. Fauna obliges, but Lucio wants out. There’s no out here. Before long, they’ll both be part of Mariano’s vision of the world. And others join in. Whether they’re real or not, we’re left to guess.

I wasn’t really going for more of the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot genre, but this one is a step beyond that. Noé Hernández does a crazy performance in the role of the demented and perverted Mariano, if that is his real name. So does María Evoli as Fauna. The ending scene is completely unexpected.

I can’t really recommend it to anybody but fans of transgressive movies or film students of this particular genre. No highs or lows for this one. It’s up to you if you want to experience it, but make sure you research this one.

Coming up, maybe!

That will do for now.

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