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‘We Are Who We Are’ Episode 1 Recap: Everyone Is Lost

'We Are Who We Are' Episode 1 Recap: Everyone Is Lost

There’s not much plot to the series premiere of HBO’s We Are Who We Are, a bildungsroman set on an American military base in Italy from Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino. Its characters are guided by tides of emotion, their days determined by bus schedules, high school class schedules, the circadian rhythms of peacetime army life. Fourteen-year-old Fraser (Jack Dylan Grazer from the It series) has just landed at Venice Marco Polo Airport with his officer mother (Chloë Sevigny) and his other mother (Alice Braga), a Brazilian by birth. Their first stop is the lost and found to report his suitcase missing. Is there anything vital inside? Just clothes really. Or, more charitably, everything Fraser cares about enough to fly over from New York City.

Fraser spends most of the episode wandering or searching the base, his new school, and his new city while the suitcase winds its way back to him via Amsterdam. Adolescence is the lost and found, we realize, as he tags along with a group of same-aged army brats, loses them at the beach, gets carelessly drunk in the punishing Italian sun, and struggles to find his way home at night. But the metaphor is not without nuance. The show’s adults haven’t solved the problem of being lost, but circumvented it. They live in a miniature America carved into Europe where they’ve exported everything they need to feel secure, from their…

‘We Are Who We Are’s Italian Setting Isn’t Just Gorgeous – It’s Thematically Significant

There’s not much plot to the series premiere of HBO’s We Are Who We Are, a bildungsroman set on an American military base in Italy from Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino. Its characters are guided by tides of emotion, their days determined by bus schedules, high school class schedules, the circadian rhythms of peacetime army life.



‘We Are Who We Are’ Episode 1 Recap: Everyone Is Lost

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