If you follow art house or horror cinema, no doubt you’ve heard of RAW, the stunning new horror/drama from writer-director Julia Ducournau that has swept international awards while inspiring cinemas to hand out vomit bags for their patrons with weaker stomachs…
Actress Garance Marillier delivers a towering performance as Justine, a sixteen-year-old girl whose whole family is vegetarian, and who dreams of being a veterinarian like both her parents. When she sets off to college, a hazing ritual inadvertently unlocks an unrecognized desire within Justine – an increasing desire to consume human flesh. When she learns that her appetite is shared by someone close to her, Justine begins to feel more comfortable indulging in her curious new compulsion, setting in motion one of the most strikingly original – and easily most grotesque… – teen angst films in cinema history.
Dir. Julia Ducournau, 2016. 99 min, France/Belgium. Presented in French with English subtitles.
“A cleverly written, impressively made and incredibly gory tale of one young woman’s awakening to the pleasures of the flesh – in all senses of the term.” – Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
“Ducournau’s lurid, vivid film is visually striking, full of images that will shock you while others will lull you with a hypnotic beauty.”– Christy Lemire, RogerEbert.com
“4/4. Ducournau vividly illustrates a uniquely feminine body horror, both emotional and corporeal, rendered in vast, bold, dripping red strokes.” – Katie Walsh, Tribune News Services
“4/4. Julia Ducournau’s good girl coming-of-rage story succeeds as a raw portrait of a complicated, contradictory fully-realized contemporary young woman that invokes early Cronenberg body horror”– Thelma Adams, New York Observer