As part of our “Women Directors of Horror” series, The Frida Cinema presents Raw, the stunning feature debut of writer/director Julia Ducournau. In a world inundated with images of the walking dead chewing on faces, Ducournau’s fresh take on cannibalism is startling, outrageous, and remarkable in a variety of ways.
College can be a time for young people to explore and try new things. For some, this means trying drinking or smoking for the first time, but for young Justine (Garance Marillier) this is a time to discover her new favorite food: human flesh. Leaving home for the first time to attend the veterinary college where her parents met and where her sister (Ella Rumpf) is already an upperclassmen, Justine is forced to participate in a hazing ritual that has the young vegetarian trying meat for the first time, awakening a desire for flesh that grows to be insatiable. The school becomes a cocoon for Justine’s metamorphosis as the story twists and turns its way into inspired and unexpected places.
Ducournau’s naturalistic style transforms the stark grime of the school’s hallways into a dizzying madhouse—and moments of gore into a realistic and visceral experience that led to stories of people passing out during screenings! Raw is not your typical horror fare; it’s a memorable experience for the lucky few who have the fortitude for it. Come down to The Frida to see for yourself…that is, if you’re brave enough!
Directed by Julia Ducournau | 99 minutes | 2017 | Rated R
Presented in French, with English subtitles.
Wednesday, March 6 – 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8pm
Thursday, March 7 – 2:30pm, 5:30pm, 8pm
“Raw is the French cannibal sex movie to end all French cannibal sex movies, a truly fearless descent into total degradation. I recommend it highly.” – Jeffrey Bloomer, Slate
“Director Julia Ducournau deftly weaves sexuality and gruesome horror together in her coming-of-age film, Raw.” – Michelle Kisner, The Movie Sleuth
“A coming-of-age tale like you’ve never seen, Julia Ducournau’s “Raw” left me intrigued, mildly nauseated and extremely curious about what passes for recreation at French veterinary schools.” – Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times