• 2017
  • France
  • 1h 38min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Julia Ducournau
  • Cast: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Naït Oufella
  • Language: French

Shy vegetarian Justine (Marillier) enrols in vet school and finds that she is developing a taste for flesh.

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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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