A story about two American kids who live on a U.S. military base in Italy, We Are Who We Are explores friendship, first-love, identity, and immerses the audience in all the messy exhilaration and anguish of being a teenager — a story which could happen anywhere in the world, but in this case, happens in this little slice of America in Italy.
Creator: Luca Guadagnino
Cast: Chloë Sevigny, Jack Dylan Grazer, Alice Braga
Where to Watch: HBOmax
Review: We Are Who We Are doesn’t move mountains, but by focusing on the little details and allowing its central teens to just be, Luca Guadagnino creates small-screen poetry. Nothing about these characters seems fixed and resolved, which is why We Are Who We Are feels like such a startlingly truthful depiction of adolescence, in all its confusing, and often thrilling, fluidity. The more time you spend with angsty teens Fraser and Caitlin, the more their explorations of love and identity will make your heart ache. If you’re a fan of Guadagnino’s past work, it’s worth going with the auteur on his latest trip to Italy. But be warned this series is not for everyone. If you’re into art, a slow pace and savoring up the details then grab your popcorn and enjoy the show.
Verdict: Worth the Artsy Popcorn