Monday, October 1, 2018

RAW (2016) movie review

Raw (2016) d. Julia Ducournau (Belgium/France) (99 min)

From the land of chocolate, beer, and waffles comes this marvelous urban cannibal feature about an innocent young vegetarian (Garance Marillier) who eats raw meat as part of a college hazing ritual and develops a taste for it—humans in particular. Written and directed by Ducournau, who uses her heroine’s ever-growing hunger as a metaphor for sexual awakening, familial bonding, and a host of other meaty subjects.

Beautifully crafted and performed, the pre-release buzz about audience members passing out in the aisles at festival screenings almost does the film’s artistic achievement a disservice – this is the type of intelligent and satisfying effort that discriminating horror fans have been clamoring for. Here’s hoping they find and appreciate it. With Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, and Calvaire’s Laurent Lucas.


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