Written by: Michael Den Boer on February 23rd, 2017
BluRay released: February 13th, 2017 (UK) / February 28th, 2017 (USA)
Approximate running time: 80 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: 18 (UK), NR (USA)
Sound: LPCM 5.1 Surround Spanish, LPCM Stereo Spanish
BluRay Release: Arrow Video USA
Region Coding: Region A, B
Retail Price: $29.95 (USA) / £19.99 (UK)
“A young brother and sister, roaming an apocalyptic city, take refuge in the dilapidated lair of a strange hermit. He puts them to work building a bizarre cavernous structure, where he acts out his insane and depraved fantasies. Trapped in this maddening womb-like world under his malign influence, they find themselves sinking into the realms of dark and forbidden behaviour.” – Synopsis provided by the Distributor
Though this film is set in a post-apocalyptic setting, the narrative does not explain how the world got this way. And outside of revealing the two of the characters are siblings, there is no more background information given about the characters. With that being said, to give away much more about this film plot would takes away from its potency.
Influence wise one can clearly see that this film’s draws inspiration from filmmakers like, Luis Buñuel, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Fernando Arrabal. And at the heart of this film are series of surreal moments that range from shocking to thought provoking. With this film being at its best when it comes to its more surreal moments.
Besides this film’s atmospheric visuals, another area where this film delivers are the performances from its cast. With this film’s most memorable performance being Noé Hernández (Miss Bala) in the role of Mariano, a depraved hermit who provides sanctuary to the siblings. He delivers an extraordinary performance that at time is utterly terrifying. Another performance of note is María Evoli in the role of the sister and it is her character who most embraces Mariano’s world. The most grounded performance out of these three main characters is Diego Gamaliel, in the role of the brother.
Throughout this film there are many symbolic moments and there are many instances where this film interacts social commentary. And in this regard this film does a very good in achieving its goals. Ultimately We Are the Flesh is a polarizing film that walks that fine line between Arthouse and exploitation cinema.
We Are the Flesh comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The image looks crisp, colors look accurate and vibrant when they need too, black levels look strong throughout and there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with two audio options, a LPCM 5.1 surround mix in Spanish and a LPCM stereo mix in Spanish. The audio is in great shape, dialog is always clear, everything sounds balanced and robust when it needs too. Included with this release are removable English subtitles.
Extras for this release include, a behind the scenes stills gallery, a trailer for the film (1 minute 29 seconds), an insightful video essay with critic Virginie Sélavy (36 minutes 21 seconds), two short films also directed by Emiliano Rocha Minter – Dentro (12 minutes 39 seconds, in Spanish with English subtitles) and Videohome (10 minutes 55 seconds) and four interviews – Emiliano Rocha Minter (18 minutes 20 seconds, in Spanish with English subtitles), actress María Evoli (13 minutes 9 seconds, in Spanish with English subtitles), actors Noé Hernández (20 minutes 20 seconds, in Spanish with English subtitles) and Diego Gamaliel (13 minutes 30 seconds, in Spanish with English subtitles).
Topics discussed in the interview with Emiliano Rocha Minter include, the origins of the film, books and films that have inspired him, the screenplay, the cast, the crew, audience reaction to the film and his thoughts about the film.
Topics discussed in the interview with María Evoli include, her character, what drew her to want to be in this film, her audition, working with Emiliano Rocha Minter, the cast and her thoughts about the film.
Topics discussed in the interview with Noé Hernández include, his character, working with Emiliano Rocha Minter, how he prepared for his role, his first impressions after reading the screenplay and his thoughts about the film.
Rounding out the extras is a reversible cover art and a twenty-four-page booklet with cast and crew information, an essay titled We Are the Flesh written by Anton Bitel, A Note from the Producer and information about the transfer.
Overall We Are the Flesh gets an exceptional release from Arrow Video.
Note: This film is also being released by Arrow Video on DVD.