Raw

Raw
  • 2016
  • France / Belgium
  • 1h 39min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Julia Ducournau
  • Written by: Julia Ducournau
  • Cast: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella
  • Language: French

During a hazing ritual at veterinary school Justine (Marillier) eats meat for the first time and develops an unbidden appetite for it. Ducournau’s first feature film has received much attention for its horrific depiction of cannibalism, with reports of dry-heaving and fainting audience members when it was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival. Its subversion of classic tropes and surreal and vivid style of filming contributes to its overall effectiveness as both a coming-of-age horror and a gruesome dark comedy.

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Director: Julia DucournauStarring: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nat OufellaFrance/Belgium201698 MinsRating - 18When shy, studious, vegetarian 16-year-old Justine (Garance Marillier) follows in the footsteps of her family to enrol at veterinary school, she enters an overwhelming world of boys, drugs and all-night parties. When she is forced to eat raw meat during an initiation ritual, she soon finds her body has acquired an insatiable appetite for flesh. Can she resist this new desire?Led by a tender and ferocious performance from Marillier, writer-director Julia Ducournaus debut is both an intense one-of-a-kind coming-of-age story and a lean and grisly tale of female sexuality. Exuberantly oozing with subtexts, perversely dark humour and moments of brutality, this is a bold, visceral, physical story of adolescence and forbidden female desire.Serves up plenty of food for thought for those who can stomach its gross-out horror, its a delectably wild and modern feminist fable… this fright night favourite in the making has plenty to sink your teeth into. - Little White LiesA classy French-Belgian horror with an unusual female perspective on monstrous taboos - EmpireAn exhilarating blend of horror, humour and heartbreak - The ObserverA deliciously fevered stew of nightmare fuel that hangs together with a breezily confident sense of superior craft - VarietyAn exceptionally classy-looking movie about deeply horrifying behaviour - New York TimesDoors - 7.30pmFilm - 8pmPart of the Meat season. Also showing: Killer of Sheep, Delicatessen, On Body and Soul

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Raw

3 Apr 20174 stars

Deliciously entertaining, artfully executed cannibal horror from Julia Ducournau

Being a teenager certainly can bite and Raw's no-frills depiction of growing up a girl transforms this dog-eat-dog experience into full-blown cannibalism. Julia Ducournau's blackly comic debut is a barnstorming body horror that delights in pushing the…

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