Arrow Video, with domestic sales and distribution expertise provided by MVD Entertainment Group, will be serving up Mexican filmmaker Emiliano Rocha Minter’s stunning feature-length debut writing and director effort, We are the Flesh, on Blu-ray on Feb.14.
There is no middle ground here. There will be no casual observers of this cinema of the surreal as you will either see the film as an allegory — a cinematic metaphor — of human folly and all of its incredible blemishes, misery and irony, or you will be quickly out the door thinking you’ve been exposed to some sort of Daliesque porn or a Fellini-inspired bit of cinéma vérité on acid.
Maria Evoli and Diego Gamaliel play sister and brother in a seemingly post-apocalyptic world in which they have wandered and survived in for some period of time — sort of a Mexican version of Shelly Plimpton and Steven Curry from director Jim McBride’s 1971 film, Glen and Randa. In any case, they stumble upon the domain of a creep named Mariano (played by Noé Hernández — 600 Millas, La Tirisia, Miss Bala, etc.), who seems to hold a hypnotic influence over the pair and in no time they are into all sorts of depravities.
We are the Flesh is a surreal trip into a cinematic hell that Dante would be proud of. Of one thing that all can agree … it is different.
Presented in Spanish with English subtitles, bonus features include a video session with filmmaker Emiliano Rocha Minter and cast members Noé Hernández, María Evoli and Diego Gamaliel, a separate “video essay” by film critic Virginie Sélavy (founder and editor of “Electric Sheep”), a photo gallery and two short films by Minter — Dentro and Videohome.