As the transformative shenanigans of the movie progress, the single-apartment location moves from a colour-drained Tarkovsky-styled dump into warmly-lit otherworld, courtesy of some excellent design and cinematography. Classical music, the Mexican National Anthem and a discordant soundscape align behind the performances and visuals to seal a very particular kind of deal.
Noe Hernandez seems to be channelling Terry Gilliam’s stock-in-trade madman from Monty Python before a third act transformation into a reborn, clean-shaven version of the same character. It’s a boggle-eyed marvel of a performance; you completely buy this charismatic lunatic’s power to coerce and entrance his young disciples. He is the living spirit of rebellion, an agent of chaos so fiendish he’d frighten most Middle Englanders down a rabbit hole. The campaign to get this as a free DVD giveaway with the Mail On Sunday starts here.
We Are The Flesh is a bizarrely
arresting treat from an exciting new talent. It’s also just about the strangest
film you’ll see this year. Why dip your toes in the pool when you can swan dive
with a double twist?
WE ARE THE FLESH / CERT: 18 / DIRECTOR & SCREENWRITER: EMILIANO ROCHA MINTER / STARRING: NOE HERNANDEZ, MARIA EVOLI, DIEGO GAMALIEL, GABINO RODRIGUEZ, MARIA CID / RELEASE DATE: NOVEMBER 18TH
Expected Rating: 6/10