We are the flesh DVD Review

WATF3A world after the end of the world. The devestated world has been left behind by a crazed homeless man is trapped in a building and is rushing toward the end. When two siblings wander into the building to find shelter it might seem like the beginning of a new world. The problem is that the world is under the control of the crazed homeless man who has brewed drugs, mixed food stuffs and liquer so to draw people closer to the end.

WATF2It would be obvious for me to say that this is a surreal film in the vein of Jodorowsky. What is less obvious is that the film is a meditation on gender, family politics and sexual identitiy. Mixing hardcore sex scenes with extremely graphic elements, it challenges the viewer to question what is happening and why. The brother and sister incest is about underlying family gender superiority. It flips it over and with the interaction it is subversive and suggestive of much more than is on the surface.

WATF1You then have the colour hues, camerawork, performances and direction that create horror and emotion without flipping over to the absurd. Excellent but I warn you and anyone that will watch it, this film is very challenging and even more so, very disturbing visually. You might not know it now but it is on par with many of the films that are the most controversial but has weight to back up the content with context. The DVD looks good and has some grand extras but I would say that the film is going to grow in statue and will get better treatment in the future.

 

  • High Definition digital transfer
  • 5.1 surround and stereo 2.0 audio options
  • Optional English subtitles
  • A new video essay by critic Virginie Sélavy
  • New interviews with director Emiliano Rocha Minter and cast members Noé Hernández, María Evoli and Diego Gamaliel
  • Two short films by Emiliano Rocha Minter; Dentro and Videohome
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Stills gallery
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Anton Bitel, and a note from the producer on the film

 

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