We Are Who We Are (miniseries)

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We Are Who We Are
We Are Who We Are Title.png
Genre
Created by
Based onan original idea
by Paolo Giordano
Written by
  • Paolo Giordano
  • Francesca Manieri
  • Luca Guadagnino
Directed byLuca Guadagnino
Starring
Music byDevonté Hynes
Country of origin
  • Italy
  • United States
Original language(s)
  • English
  • Italian
No. of episodes1 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Lorenzo Mieli
  • Mario Gianani
  • Luca Guadagnino
  • Elena Recchia
  • Sean Conway
  • Francesco Melzi d'Eril
  • Nick Hall
Producer(s)
CinematographyFredrik Wenzel
Editor(s)Marco Costa
Running time49—75 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
Release
Original network
First shown inUnited States
Original releaseSeptember 14, 2020 (2020-09-14) –
present (present)
External links
Website

We Are Who We Are is a drama limited television series co-created and directed by Luca Guadagnino for HBO and Sky Atlantic. A coming-of-age story set in an army base in Italy, the series follows two American 14-year-olds named Fraser Wilson and Caitlin Harper. The cast includes Chloë Sevigny, Jack Dylan Grazer, Alice Braga, Jordan Kristine Seamón, Spence Moore II, and Scott Mescudi.[1]

The series premiered on September 14, 2020 on HBO in the United States and is set to premiere on October 9, 2020 on Sky Atlantic in Italy.

Premise[edit]

We Are Who We Are focuses on two American kids who live on a fictional U.S. military base in Chioggia, Italy in 2016. The series 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.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Chloë Sevigny as Sarah Wilson, a colonel in the military and Fraser's mother
  • Jack Dylan Grazer as Fraser Wilson, a 14-year-old who moves from New York to a military base in Veneto with his mothers
  • Alice Braga as Maggie Teixeira, Fraser's mother and Sarah's wife
  • Jordan Kristine Seamón as Caitlin Poythress, a seemingly bold and confident girl. She has lived with her family on the base for several years and speaks Italian. Compared to her older brother Danny, Caitlin has the closer relationship with their father, Richard, and does not communicate well with her mother Jenny. She is the lynchpin of her group of friends, which includes Britney, Craig, Sam, Enrico, Valentina and Sole.
  • Spence Moore II as Danny Poythress, Caitlin's older brother
  • Scott Mescudi as Richard Poythress, Caitlin's and Danny's father
  • Faith Alabi as Jenny Poythress, Caitlin's and Danny's mother
  • Francesca Scorsese as Britney Orton, an outspoken, witty, sexually uninhibited girl
  • Ben Taylor as Sam Pratchett, Caitlin's possessive boyfriend, and Craig's younger brother
  • Corey Knight as Craig Pratchett, a soldier in his twenties, cheerful and good-natured
  • Tom Mercier as Jonathan Kritchevsky, Sarah's assistant

Guests[edit]

  • Beatrice Barichella as Valentina
  • Sebastiano Pigazzi as Enrico, a playful eighteen-year-old boy from Veneto, who has a weak spot for Britney
  • Vittoria Bottin as Sole
  • Nicole Celpan as Giulia
  • Hans Bush as Colonel McAunty, the exiting colonel at the base who is replaced with Sarah
  • Jim Sweatman as Colonel Martin

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected by [2]Written byOriginal air date [3]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Right here, right now #1"Luca GuadagninoPaolo Giordano & Francesca Manieri & Luca GuadagninoSeptember 14, 2020 (2020-09-14)0.117[4]
2"Right here, right now #2"[5]Luca GuadagninoPaolo Giordano & Francesca Manieri & Luca GuadagninoSeptember 21, 2020 (2020-09-21)TBD
3"Right here, right now #3"[6]Luca GuadagninoPaolo Giordano & Francesca Manieri & Luca GuadagninoSeptember 28, 2020 (2020-09-28)TBD
4"Right here, right now #4"[7]Luca GuadagninoPaolo Giordano & Francesca Manieri & Luca GuadagninoOctober 5, 2020 (2020-10-05)TBD
5"Right here, right now #5"[8]Luca GuadagninoPaolo Giordano & Francesca Manieri & Luca GuadagninoOctober 12, 2020 (2020-10-12)TBD
6"Right here, right now #6"[9]Luca GuadagninoPaolo Giordano & Francesca Manieri & Luca GuadagninoOctober 19, 2020 (2020-10-19)TBD
7"Right here, right now #7"[10]Luca GuadagninoPaolo Giordano & Francesca Manieri & Luca GuadagninoOctober 26, 2020 (2020-10-26)TBD
8"Right here, right now #8"[11]Luca GuadagninoPaolo Giordano & Francesca Manieri & Luca GuadagninoNovember 2, 2020 (2020-11-02)TBD

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In February 2019, it was announced that Guadagnino was in talks with HBO to work on a new one-hour, eight-episode show tentatively titled We Are Who We Are. Guadagnino would direct the series and write the script with Paolo Giordano and Francesca Manieri. Lorenzo Mieli and Riccardo Neri were named as executive producers.[2]

The first reports described the main characters, Fraser Wilson and Caitlin Harper, as "a detached teenager who hails from New York City" and "a character [that] is hard to describe—beautiful, sometimes disapproving, poetic" respectively.[12]

Casting[edit]

On July 17, 2019, the cast was revealed by HBO and it includes Chloë Sevigny, Scott Mescudi, Alice Braga, Jack Dylan Grazer, Spence Moore II, and newcomers Jordan Kristine Seamón, Faith Alabi, Corey Knight, Tom Mercier, Francesca Scorsese, Ben Taylor and Sebastiano Pigazzi, all in undisclosed roles.[13][14]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography on the series was expected to begin in Italy in late May 2019, with production set to run through October, but production began in late July.[15][16]

Release[edit]

The series will premiere in its entirety at the San Sebastián International Film Festival on September 20, 2020.[17][18][19]

The series premiered on September 14, 2020 on HBO in the United States[20] and will premiere on October 9, 2020 on Sky Atlantic in Italy.[21] In the United Kingdom, the limited series will air on BBC Three.[22]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 84% based on 25 reviews, with an average rating of 7.06/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "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."[23] Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 77 out of 100 based on 17 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[24]

Darren Franich of Entertainment Weekly gave the series a B+ and said, "Despite some flat characters, Guadagnino exuberantly spotlights his cast of up-and-comers, especially Corey Knight."[25] Writing for Rolling Stone, Alan Sepinwall gave a rating of 4/5 and wrote "Few transplants from the big screen to the small have as keen an eye, or ear, as Guadagnino, so the voyeuristic nature of the storytelling feels inviting rather than indulgent. (Mostly)."[26] Caroline Framke of Variety described the series as "so visceral as to become unsettling—but what else is being a teenager like, if not immersive, visceral and unsettling?".[27] Matt Roush from TV Guide stated that the series wants to be "shocking" like Euphoria, "but soon grows monotonous."[28]

Ratings[edit]

Viewership and ratings per episode of We Are Who We Are
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Right here, right now #1" September 14, 2020 0.02 0.117[4] TBD TBD TBD TBD

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chloë Sevigny, Kid Cudi, and Jack Dylan Grazer Announced as Cast for We Are Who We Are". HBO. 17 July 2019. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b Sharf, Zack (July 7, 2020). "'We Are Who We Are' First Look: Luca Guadagnino Makes His TV Debut with HBO Series". Indie Wire. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  3. ^ "We Are Who We Are – Listings". The Futon Critic. Retrieved August 5, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch (September 15, 2020). "Updated: ShowBuzzDaily's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 9.14.2020". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved September 15, 2020.
  5. ^ "We Are Who We Are 02: Right here, right now #2". HBO. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  6. ^ "We Are Who We Are 03: Right here, right now #3". HBO. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  7. ^ "We Are Who We Are 04: Right here, right now #4". HBO. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  8. ^ "We Are Who We Are 05: Right here, right now #5". HBO. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  9. ^ "We Are Who We Are 06: Right here, right now #6". HBO. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  10. ^ "We Are Who We Are 07: Right here, right now #7". HBO. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  11. ^ "We Are Who We Are 08: Right here, right now #8". HBO. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  12. ^ Katz, Brandon (26 February 2019). "Exclusive: Luca Guadagnino Is Working on a New Series for HBO". Observer. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Chloë Sevigny, Kid Cudi, and Jack Dylan Grazer Announced as Cast for We Are Who We Are". HBO. 17 July 2019. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  14. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (18 July 2019). "Exclusive:Chloe Sevigny, Alice Braga, Kid Cudi to Star in HBO Drama From 'Call Me By Your Name' Director". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  15. ^ Katz, Brandon (26 February 2019). "Exclusive: Luca Guadagnino Is Working on a New Series for HBO". Observer. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  16. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (18 July 2019). "Exclusive:Chloe Sevigny, Alice Braga, Kid Cudi to Star in HBO Drama From 'Call Me By Your Name' Director". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  17. ^ Roxborough, Scott (August 24, 2020). "Luca Guadagnino HBO Series 'We Are Who We Are' to Premiere in San Sebastian". The Hollywood Reporter.
  18. ^ San Sebastian Festival to present the world premiere of Luca Guadagnino’s ‘We Are Who We Are’
  19. ^ WE ARE WHO WE ARE - OFFICIAL SELECTION - Special Screenings - SSIFF
  20. ^ Kanter, Jake (27 July 2020). "'We Are Who We Are': HBO Sets Premier Date For Luca Guadagnino Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  21. ^ "'We Are Who We Are', guarda il trailer della prima serie di Luca Guadagnino". Rolling Stone Italia (in Italian). July 27, 2020. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  22. ^ Grater, Tom (August 11, 2020). "BBC Three Picks Up Luca Guadagnino Series 'We Are Who We Are'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  23. ^ "We Are Who We Are: Miniseries (2020)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
  24. ^ "We Are Who We Are: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved September 16, 2020.
  25. ^ Franich, Darren (September 1, 2020). "We Are Who We Are is mostly vibes, but what vibes! — Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  26. ^ Sepinwall, Alan (September 1, 2020). "'We Are Who We Are' Marches to Its Own Beat". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  27. ^ Framke, Caroline (September 7, 2020). "Luca Guadagnino's 'We Are Who We Are' Captures the Defiant Spontaneity of Teenagers: TV Review". Variety. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  28. ^ Roush, Matt (September 14–27, 2020). "We Are Who We Are Review". TV Guide. CBS Interactive.CS1 maint: date format (link)

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