Fantastic Fest child murder bumpers and am forgetting something.
More a family drama masquerading as a hardcore genre flick than a piece of horror for the sake of bloody horror filmmaking. Things kick off as as the patriarch of a family dies window shopping in an urban area. Perhaps a statement on his place in society the death receives almost no notice. It's such a non-event that the authorities don't even notify his family. Though from what we learn later it's entirely possible he was purposefully carrying no identification that would allow the authorities to inform his family in a timely manner. Eventually though his wife and children do learn about his death. Which kicks of both mourning and some intense family dynamics on who should lead the group going forward - his wife, daughter or one of his two sons. Their concerns go beyond the financial leadership of the family - it seems one is required to take up his place hunting their protein source - other residents of the city. I'm not clear if this is a common theme of cannibalistic family meal plans, but there's also some elaborate rituals that this head of family is expected to perform in addition to butchery. The family infighting on who should step up to a leadership role while they all deal with their grief and fear of how to carry on really could be mistaken for any strongly patriarchal group - excepting of course for their need to hunt the most dangerous game.
Overall the film is very well done. Given the subject matter this isn't going to be my favorite film of the year. But I really respected what the director and cast did with what in lesser hands could be simply a genre horror or exploitation film. It's not exactly going to make you want to move to Mexico given the offhanded police response when they initially get wind of what's going on from the coroner's office ("so many people are eating each other these days"). And loved the part about how the mother of the cannibal family so seriously looks down on prostitutes (to eat). Well, everyone's got to have standards.