This is a French feminist horror film about a young cannibal woman, let's get that out of the way. Bookish Justine (Garance Marillier) is starting veterinary school, following the footsteps of her parents, and older sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf) who's in the year above. A lifelong vegetarian, Justine balks at the idea of eating rabbit kidneys during a hazing ritual, but gulps them down when the familial pressure bears down. Soon, she starts feeling odd side-effects – a mysterious rash, and a newfound urge to consume meat. That urge becomes all-consuming, as Justine struggles through class (all of which expose her to animal flesh) and trying to find some common ground with her party-hard sister. And then one thing leads to another...
Why You Should See This Film
Director Julia Ducournau gained major critical attention with Raw in 2016, and won the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year for her latest film Titane (coming soon to Golden Age!). Be warned — Raw is gory and totally not for the squeamish. It is a movie about a cannibal, after all! But, importantly, don't let the promise of bloody bits put you off — it's a really beautifully made film that is more than just gore. A horror that uses teen sex tropes, and makes them new.
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- Year: 2016
- Rating: R18
- Director: Julia Ducournau
- Cast: Garance Marillier
- Duration: 99 minutes
- Language: French with English subtitles