MOVIE REVIEW – RAW (2016)

MOVIE REVIEW – RAW  (2016) 

 TITLE:  RAW  (2016)

DIRECTOR/SCREENPLAY: Julia Ducorneau

CAST:  Garance Marillier, Laurent Lucas, Rabah Naït Oufella, Ella Rumpf

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Often you watch films and think it’s not a great movie but such is the intriguing premise or themes, it could make a fascinating essay. With Raw, however, it’s both a bloody good coming-of-age-gory-horror-story and has a number of thematically powerful messages that makes you think too. Indeed, in this film meat is definitely murder.

It begins with innocent-goody-two-shoes-veggie-star-student entering her first week at Veterinary college. With it being the first week she is subject to the more experienced student practical jokes and initiation ceremonies; all amidst hedonistic sex and drug parties reminiscent of something from the fall of the Roman Empire.

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Not surprisingly this is a very sexual, animalistic and instinctive film dealing as it does with beasts both human, canine and equine. The lead actress Marillier is a prominent force throughout as her journey follows a carnal, chemical and gory path. Ducorneau, the director, gets a great performance from this young talent as her character transforms from angel to devil without the loss of audience empathy.

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This is both an entertaining contemporary horror film and a very intelligent one. It works on so many different levels with themes covered including: veganism, peer pressure, initiation, fitting in, animal cruelty, sexuality. lesbianism, homosexuality, animalism, sisterhood, hedonism, nature versus nurture, cannibalism, family etc.  It crosses genres effortlessly and has one of the greatest and disgusting scenes I have had the pleasure to see for some time.   (Mark: 9 out of 11)      

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6 thoughts on “MOVIE REVIEW – RAW (2016)”

  1. I know with certainty that i do not have the stomach for this. I really enjoyed hearing the madness of its release at TIFF though. That was fun.

    1. Oh yes and what great publicity for the film too. It definitely made me want to see it that’s for sure. As I say the film itself is very intelligent; driven by character and strong themes and not just gore for gore’s sake.

  2. Great post! Raw reminds me quite a bit of fellow cannibal film Trouble Every Day, but surpasses it both stylistically and thematically. It’s hard to believe this is a feature debut for Ducournau!

  3. I just cannot wait to watch it! As Jade, upon hearing about this film I immediately made a connection with Trouble Every Day. And now we have this new “new” wave of French Extremity. Some kind of a revival, I hope, not a tribute.

    1. I haven’t seen Trouble Every Day but saw Martyrs from a few years ago and that was standout insane. Raw is more considered horror with several standout gory scenes; Ducournau is a new major talent and not a tribute act in my view.

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