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.
What We Thought:
Ever wanted to see a Mexican cannibal, incest, soft-core porn? Well We Are The Flesh is perfect for you! Yep, I’m not joking.
I haven’t been this confused at a movie since Under the Skin. Both have nudity and probably deeper meaning, but just like that Scarlett Johansson flick, I did not understand this one at all.
It starts off with a crazy Mexican boiling flesh and making liquid and gasoline (?) out of it. I think that’s what was happening. Then a brother and sister show up to the falling apart building and they help him tape cardboard up. Again, still kinda grasping at what actually happened. He makes them have sex which they actually show, yes, oral and penetration.
He dies and comes back reborn or something. They continue having sex and others show up they kill and there’s an orgy or something at the end. Yeah no idea. I’m sure there’s some meaning to it all, but it went over my head.
The worst part is, the movie is visually striking. It has great direction and camera work. There’s some great cinematography and visuals. I just didn’t get the point of the film whatsoever.
I’m sure We Are The Flesh is some ground breaking film with social commentary I’m just missing. I’m sure the rebirth part of it is supposed to mean something. Maybe if I was Mexican I’d understand what it meant, maybe coming out of a bad situation and being reborn into something good. Your guess is as good as mine.