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Raw

What are you hungry for?Mar. 10, 2017 Italy95 Min.R
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8.9 1,005 votes

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Director

Cast

Laurent Lucas isThe Father
The Father
Joana Preiss isThe Mother
The Mother
Bouli Lanners isLe routier
Le routier
Jean-Louis Sbille isProfesseur evaluations
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Marion Vernoux isL'Infirmiere
L'Infirmiere
Thomas Mustin isChef du BDE
Chef du BDE
Marouan Iddoub isBizut refectoire
Bizut refectoire

Synopsis

In Justine’s family everyone is a vet and a vegetarian. At 16, she’s a gifted teen ready to take on her first year in vet school, where her older sister also studies. There, she gets no time to settle: hazing starts right away. Justine is forced to eat raw meat for the first time in her life. Unexpected consequences emerge as her true self begins to form.

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Original titleGrave
IMDb Rating7.4 6,736 votes
TMDb Rating7.1 106 votes

(36) comments

  • Bryan KlugerJanuary 23, 2017Reply

    ‘Raw’ is hands down the BEST MOVIE!

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  • presslyparrishMarch 3, 2017Reply

    Raw & Pretentious

    Many are going to fall prey to the nefarious padded and planted reviews
    this film is receiving and while it’s an enjoyable film to a degree
    it’s more so a study of how pretentious a film can be with it’s less
    than subtle message, and I should also note this is HARDLY A HORROR
    FILM. not in the sense that most Horror fans would like it to be
    anyways.

    This is much more an art house film with horrific elements, there is
    not much gore, the acting is solid, and the film gets tense at best
    during it’s most ”horrific” moments.

    This film has a message about meat consumption which depicts the
    horrors of a slaughterhouse quite literally and metaphorically and the
    message is received loud and clear.

    If you were fooled by the marketing for The witch, and it follows,
    welcome to RAW. Similar promotional strategy, it is sort of a smart
    film at times, but completely and utterly fails as a horror film.

    3/10 due to it’s misrepresentation.

  • trublu215March 7, 2017Reply

    Another Over-hyped Horror Film…

    Raw is the latest horror film that has become the target of (almost)
    universal acclaim. The question remains as to why, considering the fact
    that Raw is just a schlock fest attempt at shock value that grossly
    (both literally and figuratively) underwhelms. The film chronicles a
    teenage vegetarian who attends a boarding school for the veterinary
    arts and is then subjected to a grisly accident that costs her her
    finger…and her sanity. As the film progresses, it becomes more and
    more apparent that this young girl is developing an sensational lust
    for sex and human flesh directly borough on by her unfortunate mishap.

    The film falls into the category of attempted shock and fails to really
    shock you. It parades an abundance of sex and gore on screen but none
    of it holds any weight. The violence and gore that ensues becomes a
    rote exercise in the type of horror that this past decade has been
    known for: a big build up to a no nothing pay off. It is about as
    frustrating as it could get when it comes to satisfying. Much in the
    vein of Salo: 120 Days of Sodom and last year’s The Neon Demon, Raw
    delivers very lightly and makes promises it can’t deliver. The
    screenplay is boring and under written and features a couple memorable
    moments surrounded by a whole lot of blood drenched fluff that is
    brought out by some gorgeous cinematography.. It is woefully
    unsatisfying even to the most hardcore of horror fans.

    Overall, Raw is yet another horror movie that feels a little more hyped
    up than it ought to be. Instead of living up to it’s potential, the
    film falters under the pressure which is frustrating considering this
    is a very original idea. Overall, I felt let down by Raw and I really
    wanted it to live up to the hype that it brought on when it was making
    festival runs. Instead, we get a film that feels half baked even if the
    presentation of it looks very nice.

  • AlondroMarch 16, 2017Reply

    Nothing but hype.

    It’s just a combination of bland, pointless, emotionless gore and sex,
    thinner on plotting than a ”Chucky” sequel, less characterization
    overall than teens sent for Freddy Kruger to hack to bits… all tied
    together by a thinly disguised PETA-type shock propaganda.

    I’ve read wish-fulfillment gore fanfics of this level… and eventually
    gave up even trying to comment on them, as the writers never learn.

    But it’s all meant to shock people away from eating meat and benefit
    PETA.

    No wonder the critics were gushing over it.

    This is about all the analysis this movie requires, and more than it
    deserves. Thank goodness it has all but vanished. At least audiences
    seem to have become aware this was a fraud.

  • benthelazarMarch 17, 2017Reply

    A brilliant horror debut

    Picture: David Cronenberg, Lars Von Trier and H. P. Lovecraft make a
    movie, but they only take the good parts of their works and cut out the
    silly, boring and ugly bits. Still you will not have as beautiful,
    evocative and disturbing of a film as Julia Ducournau’s RAW, a movie
    that immediately takes you hostage and never lets you go. Here is a gut
    churning, deeply alive work that assaults you with disgusting, thought
    provoking and existential horror until you can’t take anymore. It’s a
    good thing that I felt more anxious than excited at the end, that is
    the mark of good filmmaking.

    RAW takes place in a veterinary school from hell, when we first see it
    it is too big, isolated and Gothic to comprehend. Justine (Garance
    Marillier) comes to the school after her parents and sister Alexia
    (Ella Rumpf). She is immediately alone and in over her head; the school
    has a series of sadistic hazing rituals that involve excessive
    drinking, violent raids, Carrie reenactments and eating raw meat, even
    for Justine the vegetarian. The audience is immediately hit with the
    cruelty of this world, a school doctor tells a story about a large girl
    who cried when her weight was finally ignored, the women share tips on
    how to most effectively be bulimic. It’s so gratifying when a movie
    does this, unlike other recent brilliant horror films like Get Out or
    Don’t Breathe, there is no normal here. When the world of the film
    becomes more and more bizarre, we as an audience have nothing to stand
    on.

    And oh, the film becomes bizarre. But like any good film, the insane
    images are grounded in reality, character and story. The horrific
    sequences in this movie are beautiful to watch , the colors and
    cinematography look like paintings. Justine is starting to crave raw
    meat, there’s a short but gorgeous scene where she kneels feral in
    front of a refrigerator tearing into a chicken breast. Because this is
    a horror film, the best meat is soon revealed to be human and it is
    because of Marillier’s brilliant performance that we are able to see
    just how painful but exciting this new desire is.

    The meat isn’t meat in RAW, it is a very clear metaphor for Justine’s
    sexual liberation. In one of the best scenes of the movie, Justine
    watches her male friend play soccer shirtless; it is simultaneously
    deeply terrifying and erotic moment that Ducournau directs in a way
    that feels exactly right. At a certain point in the film, we can never
    guess if Justine is hungry or aroused.

    Violence has been a semi sexual act in horror for years, but with this
    film it feels fresh, the desires and reactions are all new. They are
    also deeply troubling and have a beautiful intensity to them that can
    only be described as animal or inhuman. Ducournau is at her best here,
    the erotic and gory passages of the film are directed with the skill
    and confidence of an old master returning to the screen, not someone in
    their debut.

    What makes RAW so good though is how massive it seems. With a few
    exceptions, horror is a small genre. Often horror films lack a cosmic
    significance; they fail to have implications beyond the characters on
    screen. Through her haunting images, brilliant world building and
    disturbing soundtrack, Ducournau communicates something larger. Female
    sexuality, from this film, isn’t something to be taking lightly.
    Justine’s self discovery is a ferocious and earth shattering moment,
    after which no one will be the same.

  • ctowyiMarch 18, 2017Reply

    A potent cannibal awakening story

    We have all seen the umpteen coming-of-age or sexual awakening story,
    but when is the last time you saw a becoming-a-cannibal story? This is
    one incredibly muscular piece of filmmaking, marrying visual poetry
    with slow-burn horror into one potent and delectable dish. Debut
    writer-director Julia Ducournau knows exactly what she wanted to do and
    did it, and the resultant film is a different breed of horror with no
    cheap jump scares and with the camera never flinching from all body and
    animal horror.

    During a screening at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival,
    some viewers received emergency medical services after allegedly
    fainting from the film’s graphic scenes. IMHO, this notoriety does it a
    huge disservice. Perhaps the viewers went into the cinema with an empty
    stomach or have a weak disposition for copious blood and body horror
    because Raw is never tacky or cheesy in its depiction of its terror.
    Ducournau knows the medium well and employs a plethora of aesthetics to
    drive the terror home. The cinematography is fluid and complicit in the
    sinister going-ons; it somehow manages to glide seamlessly to places we
    don’t want to go (under the bed covers, in a toilet where blue and
    yellow collide) and see stuff that we don’t want to see (rashes on
    young flesh). I am never ever going to forget a scene in which a poor
    horse get tranquillised, a mouth restraint slapped on it, gets tied up
    and turned upside down in a harness. It was spine-chilling and my mind
    kept whispering prayers that it will be fine. The takes are long and
    languid, but purposeful and place us in the thick of things. It felt
    like I was given full access to an accident site and I was led to study
    in closed-up the twisted metal and the mangled bodies. I couldn’t look
    away even though I wanted to. The shots are superbly lighted,
    disconcerting and symbolically rich. Ogle in amazement as the camera
    follows Justine in the first night of hazing to a make-shift
    discotheque that resembles hell itself.

    IMHO the genius of this lean and mean film is that it manages to make
    us feel for Justine. We feel the revolting disgust churning inside her
    as she, a lifelong virginal vegetarian, is forced to swallow a raw
    offal from a rabbit. The angry crimnson rash that flares up all over
    her is a manifestation of her disgust, but soon it awakens her
    cannibalistic core. In Garance Marillier, Ducournau has found the
    perfect Justine. Her transformation arc is magnificent and her
    multi-layered performance is career-defining. I still cannot forget the
    scene of her jiving sexily in front of the mirror, becoming aware of
    herself sexually. She exudes an animalistic energy so thick and heavy,
    she fused the scenes together in absolute dread. Her eventual
    deflowering scene, coupled with the birth of her cannibalistic
    leanings, is presented in total nerve-wrecking literalness.

    Raw isn’t for everybody. I wouldn’t even say a horror fan will like it.
    It has an art-house feel to it that may turn some people away. But it
    is a bold film, sublimely realised, erotic, feral, primal and it will
    play on your senses long after it is over.

  • bkrauser-81-311064March 18, 2017Reply

    Not as Appetizing as it Seems

    This movie definitely oversells itself. From the rumors of overwhelmed
    audience members passing out, to the promotional barf bags being doled
    out at the screening, Raw can’t help but prime you for a big bloody
    letdown. I scare easily, so truth be told, I was shaking in my boots
    before the promotions guy started butchering the stars’ names and
    joking that we’d all enjoy a steak dinner afterwards. That comment
    ended up being cheeky in more ways than one.

    None of this is the movie’s fault (the overtly candid title
    notwithstanding). Raw does come with early promise, as exemplified by
    the fact that nearly the entire film takes place in a veterinary
    hospital with an alarmingly lax attitude towards hazing. No matter how
    humdrum a scene becomes, there’s always the possibility of something
    furry and four-legged being cut open to get you writhing in your seat.
    It’s gross; those unaccustomed will no doubt be shocked. But it never
    reaches apex sensationalism.

    Part of the problem lies with the foundations of the story. Our
    protagonist, the young, innocent and vegetarian Justine (Marillier)
    gets plopped down in the middle of campus and is immediately swept up
    in a montage of fraternal initiations and college ragers. Her black
    sheep of an older sister (Rumpf) stays at arm’s length and her roommate
    Adrien (Oufella) isn’t much of a help either. Thus she allows herself
    one too many indulgences and gets lost in a downward spiral that would
    put the goody-goody on your dorm room floor your freshman year to
    shame. Because we’ve all seen the exact same kind of thing before, not
    just in real life but in other films ad nausium, there’s really no real
    tension as far as the story is concerned. We know where all this is
    going, the question is how far will it go.

    It goes about as far as you would expect, but does it all in a way that
    at times feels too literate and at other times too literal. In one
    scene our heroine is compelled to make out with a fellow freshman to
    the approval of their gracious ”elders”. ”Come out when you’re both
    green,” says one senior who had just doused them in blue and yellow
    paint and stuffed them into a dorm room bathroom. The color, the poppy
    music, the very situation, just screams art house overkill. It forces
    the audience to swim in a soup of hook-up excess masquerading as sex
    positive messaging, and gets us all to feel self-satisfied when we pick
    up on the films very clear themes.

    Other times the camera lingers on gaping wounds and savagely ripped
    tendons for the sake of primal shocks. By the time we actually get to
    those scenes however, half the audience is conked-out while the other
    half is frustrated by the lack of I Drink Your Blood (1970)-level
    lunacy. Raw only really finds its balance in one incredibly effective
    scene: a scene in which the characterizations, thickly laid thematic
    groundings and primal sensationalism all coalesce to bring new meaning
    to the phrase nail-biting.

    Raw is ultimately an interesting failed experiment in genre-crossing.
    It tries to take the gore-induced shocks of a very particular sub-genre
    of horror and attempts to elevate it via art house trappings and
    pseudo-feminist sensibilities. I admire the attempt, and I understand
    its zeal in the midst of successes like A Girl Walks Home Alone at
    Night (2014) and The Witch (2015). Yet as far as having its Chianti and
    drinking it too, I really think the farthest this sub-genre can stretch
    is Cannibal! The Musical (1993).

  • Tyler LefevorMarch 19, 2017Reply

    An emotional thriller with a powerful message

    Raw is an emotional thriller that utilizes the full gamut of human
    emotions to make a powerful commentary on the difficulty of navigating
    emerging adulthood. Ducournau uses a full range of scenarios designed
    to elicit extreme reactions of disgust—including cannabilism,
    nonconsensual sex, and a full range of blood and gore—to highlight how
    repulsive and damaging the betrayal, cattiness, and conflicts common
    among college students are. Raw focuses on the changing role of sibling
    relationships, the power of peer relationships, and the effects of
    parent-induced sexual ”starvation” on their children. Raw also briefly
    touches on several of the emotional complexities of emerging adulthood:
    eating concerns, substance use, and managing teachers’ and peers’
    perceptions. Ducournau masterfully interweaves intensely disgusting
    emotional scenes with a plot that is just close enough to reality to
    keep the viewer engaged to produce one of the best films of the year.

  • Red_IdentityMarch 19, 2017Reply

    A sexual awakening story of a different kind

    It would be disingenuous of me to call this film’s premise completely
    original. It recalls to mind many a few other horror films out there.
    However, what is most important is just how unique a film can execute
    familiar premises, and this film does that and more. To begin with,
    it’s an incredibly well written coming of age/sexual
    awakening/horror/black comedy film. More than anything, it is an
    amazing directorial achievement. To learn that it is the debut feature
    of the director is that much more impressive, and luckily it’s also a
    film that isn’t afraid to linger in the female gaze. We need more
    female filmmakers like this and this is such a breath of fresh air.

  • amit agarwalMarch 21, 2017Reply

    Needs more than Cannibalism

    Its easy to understand the pull of the full. You want to watch a film
    about a girl who becomes a cannibal.. the film is very well crafted and
    full of interesting images. The acting is very good and the camera work
    solid. But somewhere during the film you begin to question the purpose
    of this film- it is neither full-blown horror nor is it a deep
    character study of a girl who is grappling with the cannibal inside
    her. I say give me Hannibal Lector anytime!

  • gregmacgMarch 30, 2017Reply

    The world would be a better place without this film in it.

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  • george.schmidt ([email protected])March 30, 2017Reply

    Echoes of Cronenberg, Romero & De Palma

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  • Panos242April 2, 2017Reply

    Best french horror film since Martyrs.

    Influenced by David Cronenberg’s early work (his so called body horror
    movies) but having all the features of the gory new french wave, Raw is
    a frequency of big, which get even bigger, shocks. This is a dark,
    cruel and disturbing horror film which gets even unbearable, but
    everything that take place work for the sake of a truly inspiring
    screenplay which provides amazingly well-written characters (one of the
    best character studies i have ever seen in horror film) and also runs
    as a clever allegory about the awaking of sexuality in a repressed
    environment. Direction and cinematography are really amazing likewise
    all the performances while the special effect and make up department
    made an astonishing work. Best french horror film since Martyrs. 8,5/10

  • markgormanApril 11, 2017Reply

    visceral and odd in the extreme. But a blast from start to finish.

    Wow. This is not for everyone.

    I am reminded of the disappointment I felt seeing movies like Crash and
    High Rise (Both JG Ballard stories). Like Raw they promised to be
    challenging and thought provoking, but both were vacuous nonsense.

    This is anything but vacuous.

    A case study in great acting, great tension, great music, revulsion and
    complete and utter oddness.

    It’s a directorial debut by Julia Ducournau which is something of a
    coincidence because I very much enjoyed Alice Lowe’s horror debut,
    Prevenge, earlier this year. It seems there is a female blood lust
    going on in movie land just now and the two would sit as excellent
    companion pieces, although there are fewer laughs in this.

    If blood puts you off give this a wide berth. If genuine but well
    developed anti establishment hokum (it is horror hokum at then of the
    day) is your thing you will love this.

    Think early Cronenburg,

    Think early Alice Lowe. (She’s only done early so far.)

    Think Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.

    And think the best of Lars Von Trier (Kingdom specifically.)

  • David EastmanApril 12, 2017Reply

    More Belgian veterinary violence

    If you’ve seen Bullhead, then you know to expect some cattle mutilation
    and more in a Belgian film.

    This does not disappoint, with the vets college backdrop hosting lots
    of human and animal flesh for a potential alternative diet to get
    started.

    The film moves towards visceral, not so much weird or humorous (Get
    Out) with a family connection that doesn’t quite cement the film but
    does act to explain some of the narrative.

  • Paul AllaerApril 12, 2017Reply

    European horror-thriller that is WAY out there, and then some

    ”Raw” (2016 release from France/Belgium; 99 min.) brings the story of
    Justine. As the movie opens, we see a car try and avoid a walker on a
    deserted country road, only to strike a telephone pole instead, with
    disastrous results. We then get to know Justine, who is being dropped
    off by her parents on the campus of an (unnamed) veterinary school,
    where her older sister Ales also attends. The welcome is brutal, as the
    ”rookies” get hazed during ”initiation week”. Justine, a vegetarian, is
    forced to eat some meat and before we know it, strange things are
    happening… To tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing
    experience, you’ll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

    Couple of comments: let’s start with the obvious: this movie brings
    plenty of gore, and worse, and is not for anyone of the faint of heart,
    seriously. When the initial hazing happens, it reminds of the infamous
    ”Carrie” scene where Sissy Spacek gets soaked in blood. In this movie,
    that is just the start. I was taken by surprise by some of the scenes
    and had to look away on a number of occasions (hint: this is playing
    out at a VETERINARY school…). Once you get over the initial shock of
    it all, it turns out that this is quite the horror-thriller, and rather
    unique at that as well. Up-and-coming French writer-director Julie
    Ducournau brings a kind of brutality to the screen that one typically
    might not associate with a woman writer-director. Kudos as well to
    Garance Marillier in the role of Justine. Surely we have not heard the
    last of either Ms. Ducournau or Ms. Marillier. Last but not least, I
    would be remiss if I didn’t point out that the movie was filmed
    entirely in Belgium, with the University of Liege standing in for the
    veterinary school.

    ”Raw” premiered at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, to immediate
    critical acclaim. Imagine my surprise when this opened out of the blue
    and without any pre-release hype or advertising at my local art-house
    theater here in Cincinnati this past weekend. The Tuesday evening
    screening where I saw this at was attended okay but not great. I
    couldn’t help but wonder whether anyone else in the audience besides
    myself was taken aback by some of the scenes. Bottom line; if you are
    in the mood for a pretty explicit horror-thriller, then ”Raw” will be
    right up your alley.

  • fobisaxaApril 12, 2017Reply

    Raw THE Independent french horror movie

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  • kailomonkeyApril 13, 2017Reply

    Unsettling parallels to fetish and other modern issues

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  • HellmantApril 14, 2017Reply

    Disturbing, but also incredibly fascinating!

    ‘RAW’: Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)

    A French-Belgian horror-drama about a vegetarian college student, that
    learns she has an uncontrollable hunger for raw meat. It was written
    and directed by Julia Ducournau (an amazingly talented new filmmaker),
    and it stars Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf and Rabah Nait Oufella. The
    film has received nearly unanimous rave reviews from critics, and it
    also won the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. I found
    it to be very involving, and quite interesting.

    Justine (Marillier) has been a vegetarian, and animal lover, all of her
    life. She grew up in a vegetarian family, and now she’s attending vet
    school; which her older sister Alexia (Rumpf) also attends. During a
    college hazing, Justine is forced to eat rabbit kidneys (by Alexia).
    She then develops a horrible rash, and a strong urge to eat raw meat
    (which she had never felt before). Her desire for meat later becomes
    much stronger, when she also develops an uncontrollable thirst for
    human flesh as well.

    The movie is very disturbing, but also incredibly fascinating. It’s a
    film that was really uncomfortable for me to watch, but I also couldn’t
    really look away. The characters are all really interesting in it, and
    I could really relate to the vegetarian/animal lover aspect to it too
    (although that’s hardly what it’s about). It’s also great to see a
    strong female lead horror/drama movie as well, from a very talented new
    female filmmaker too! I can’t wait to see her next film.

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  • Amy Livingston (alivingston-16543)April 18, 2017Reply

    Drama gore

    The best horror films are dramas. This much has always been true. With
    Raw, the family drama of the difficult relationship between the
    protagonist and her sibling serves not as a backdrop to the gore.
    Rather, it transcends and enhances the grotesque imagery. Well acted
    from all sides and written with surprising sensitivity and thought, it
    poses some seriously dark questions about pleasure, basic human need
    and sexuality, and the rather thin line between them all. That being
    said… EXPECT GORE.

  • Mitodru RoyApril 22, 2017Reply

    An Ode to Cannibalism

    I saw this fantastic film and I think this is perhaps the first movie
    I’ve seen on the big screen that depicts cannibalism. A vegetarian girl
    joins veterinary school only to discover that she has an insatiable
    hunger for meat and this appetite keeps growing as the movie
    progresses. After a certain point of time she realizes that her
    appetite for human flesh is going beyond her control . Watch the film
    to find out if she manages to keep her hunger in check or goes on a
    rampage to hunt people for her survival.

    ”Raw” isn’t exactly a horror film. It’s not a thriller film either. It
    is an exotic ‘art-house’ film that shows blood and gore in the most
    artistic and realistic way possible. The movie shows that adolescence
    can be a very interesting period in one’s life because that’s when one
    is introduced to situations that could trigger a zillion desires and
    the game of ‘psychological tug-of-war’ one needs to play to decide if
    certain desires should be curbed.

    ”Raw” ain’t no vampire film. The posters can be slightly misleading so
    I want to inform you once again that this is not a commercial potboiler
    meant to make millions of dollars at the box-office. This is a movie
    about a normal girl and her most important discovery. I would call this
    an adventure film. And to all the food buffs out there I would strongly
    urge you to watch this film. You might feel slightly awkward at times
    but at the end of the day you cannot deny that this film displays
    unusual gastronomy.

  • manuelasaezApril 27, 2017Reply

    Had it gone one step further, it would have been the perfect Cannibal film

    I love the cannibal sub-genre in film. The last one that truly bothered
    me was Dans Me Peau (In My Skin), but even that was not as grotesque as
    RAW. This is the type of movie where everything just works; the
    premise, the story, the acting, the cinematography, the SFX, the gore,
    the violence, the MUSIC. Everything just culminates into one of the
    most effective genre films in years.

    That being said, while some parts of this movie are difficult to
    stomach, I wish it could have gone a step further. The movie doesn’t
    truly explore Cannibalism as a spectator sport, and I wish it would
    have gone to 11 with the blood & gore. What was shown was adequate, but
    for a true fan of the genre, it just want ”enough”. Good thing that the
    acting, script and music pick up the slack.

    If you are on the fence about watching this movie, don’t be. Dive in,
    and enjoy the carnage. You are guaranteed to have an amazing time.

  • Asif Khan (asifahsankhan)May 1, 2017Reply

    The Beauty of Cannibalism?

    Raw, the debut feature film of French director Julia Ducournau, is both
    a cannibal horror movie and a coming-of-age movie, one in which the
    sexual awakening of its young protagonist Justine (Garance Marillier)
    sits alongside the birth of a more destructive, if similarly
    all-consuming kind of hunger.

    The film opens as the teenager, brought up in a vegetarian family,
    heads off to college for the first time. Her destination – a veterinary
    school, Alma-mater of both her parents and the current home of her
    older sister Alexa (Ella Rumpf), a senior student – is a Frankenstein’s
    laboratory of horrors: think floating, detached organs and drugged farm
    animals, hoisted aloft while in restless slumber.

    Crucially, though, the film never suggests that Justine’s flesh- eating
    antics are a direct result of her burgeoning sexuality. Nor does it
    present her cannibalism as a clumsy metaphor for her other ”carnal”
    desires. Instead, its power – its shuddering, relentless intensity –
    lies in the way it makes you vicariously feel both her dual hungers,
    and surreptitiously relish every sticky, illicit bite.

    Bodies, in this film, are never far away: there’s always just a little
    too much skin on screen. But, alongside the slow eroticism, Ducournau
    also shows a keen sense of just how warped our relationships with our
    own physical selves have become.

    Tellingly, the first scene of intense cannibalism comes after a graphic
    bikini-waxing scene that’ll make you wince. Biting into another human
    being is a big no no, yet this sort of eye-watering beauty ritual is
    ostensibly ”normal”. Is it any wonder, the film cleverly implies, that
    we, her captive audience – a little confused?

  • videorama-759-859391May 3, 2017Reply

    Raw secrets and dangers exposed

    The only comedown for me with this good film, was I expected it to be
    much gorier, like when the catalyst and situations slowly crescendo’s
    and then, ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE! in the second half, where it’s
    constant full bore. That aside, Raw, alternatively known as Grave, is a
    well made and original piece of film making, it’s fresh story which is
    what impressed me the most, with a good script and acting to boot,
    especially from the lead, who looked familiar, but it must of been some
    other actress who resembled her. She does resemble, if you can remember
    back, the gorgeous Mia Sara, from Ferris Bueller’s Day, which if you
    can believe, was part of a preview, of an 80’s film collage before the
    film, along with the other five previews. I really shouldn’t be
    complaining about the gore, on the fact is very realistic, especially
    the accidental finger chopping scene. The story has our lead, a vego,
    who goes to this upscale vetenary college, full of horny, partying
    youngsters, living up the best years of their life Millennium + style.
    You’ll love how they’re initiated too, the first bloody moment
    actually. Our french sexy, lead character, Justine, isn’t the easiest
    at trying to fit in. Her older sister, already at the campus, is, as
    she says in the own words, ”the weird one”. She’s a cross between
    Helena Bonham Carter (hair) and Kristen Stewart, face, eyes. Pressuring
    her into another initiation ritual, where she has to eat a monkey
    kidney, what ensues, after, turns her into a carnivore with an
    insatiable lust for meat, and a much forbidden taste for human flesh,
    the finger eating scene, the most shockingly disturbing and weirdorama
    moment. There are a couple of weird moments, another featuring a dirty
    old man, like out of a David Lynch film with false teeth, laughing out
    crazily. There’s a twist and some nice thriller aspects, near the open
    sting in your tail ending, the haunting music score, wonderfully
    fitting as to what ensues, in the continuation of story, and the fate,
    Justine must accept. Through it all, the story doesn’t veer that far
    from reality. It’s a smart, inventive, and engrossing film, with an
    unhurried, steady handling of suspense and pacing. The scenes with that
    horse racing on the treadmill are beautifully memorable as are other
    moments, but they’re mostly ones, you’ll see in the preview. We have
    another initiation love scene, very Avatar themed, as to Justine’s
    paint slap on color, where her partner/stranger is pea green souped.
    What I liked about Justine’s gay, boyfriend, is that he’s not treated
    as the stereotypical, horny college male pig, you normally see in these
    type of surroundings of story, ill respective of feelings, of whatever.
    At first you don’t really like Adrien, but you do, as the film goes on.
    The sister relationship is weird too, as if bipolar. There are many
    plusses to Raw and it’s a wonderfully made Indie, and original work of
    art, all the way through, but kind of just misses it’s mark or reach
    it’s full potential. Something a little Raw, stirring in there,
    somewhere. It does shock, but not all gorehounds, will be satisfied,
    esp, those who crave blood and constant slaughter, where this movie
    concentrates more on detail and real life business of story and
    situations of characters, and you have to respect that. The end music
    score will get you. The hair pulled out of the mouth by Justine, early
    in the piece. Can you explain that to me. The vast rash and blister
    close up, I know that itch.

  • BodoMay 6, 2017Reply

    RAW, a violent psycho-horror tale about vegetarianism

    Justine enters vet school in France. There’s horrible hazing rituals
    and wild parties. There’s Alexia, her aggressive sister, a core member
    of a group of violent senior students. There’s lots of animals needing
    to be dissected in class. And there is cannibalism. Amidst this frenzy,
    the burgeoning friendship with Adrien, her gay room mate, is Justine’s
    only prospect of a more normal life.

    Trying to come up with a structured synopsis of RAW does the movie a
    disservice, as it progresses often more through association of images
    and music, and as it is driven more by mood and atmosphere than by
    particular plot events. That said, the story is compelling as a
    character portrait of a truly remarkable girl, and as a visceral study
    of the atrocities that humans are capable of.

    The movie is a clear allegory on the weirdness of human meat
    consumption—RAW is essentially a psycho-horror ode to vegetarianism:
    The students are kept in constant terror, just like animals on a meat
    farm. The students walk around in bloody coats throughout most of the
    movie, the same way that animals in mass production are kept in
    sometimes excruciatingly dirty conditions. And the the students
    themselves behave like animals, often being depicted in large flocks
    and reduced to their basic needs, such as their massive sex drives
    (it’s a French movie: there’s going to be graphic sex).

    The ideas are strong and will stick with you. But in the end, it’s
    RAW’s cinematography, the spot-on editing, the ingenious use of
    artificial lighting, and the powerful music, that are the movie’s true
    hallmark. Music and imagery beautifully fuse together into a dreamlike
    kaleidoscope of violence, a rich tapestry woven in naked bodies, blood
    and carcasses.

  • ZDMay 24, 2017Reply

    7/10

    Review (1~5)

    #Content: Script 3 | Acting 5 | Cinematography 3 | Film Editing 4

    #Visual: Costume Design 4 | Makeup & Hairstyling 4 | Scenic Design 4 |
    Lighting 4 | Visual Effects 4

    #Sound: Score & Soundtracks 5 | Sound Editing & Mixing 4

    #Overall (1~10): 7

  • fuatsesenMay 24, 2017Reply

    Meaningless movie with the sole purpose of grossing out and shocking watchers

    I wouldn’t even bother to critique any further but IMDb requirements
    doesn’t let me to leave it at that. So; An unrealistic French bullshit
    masterpiece from beginning to end. I hate cheap blood and gore movies
    and I just watched to watch something while having dinner with a decent
    IMDb rating. Zombie, cannibalism, or simply pure violence movies have
    always been my least favorite genres. Enjoy!

  • CinemaClownMay 24, 2017Reply

    Beautifully Realized & Disturbingly Erotic

    A coming-of-age story like no other, Julia Ducournau’s feature film
    debut is an exquisitely crafted, elegantly narrated & excellently
    performed horror thriller that’s beautiful yet brutal, erotic yet
    disturbing & shocking yet compelling, and makes for a thoroughly
    gripping meditation on carnal cravings of all kinds.

    Raw tells the story of Justine, a lifelong vegetarian who arrives at a
    veterinary school to start her college. Forced to eat raw flesh as part
    of the hazing ritual, she develops an unnatural craving for meat that
    leads her on a path to finding her true self, and sets into motion a
    series of events that culminate with devastating consequences.

    Written & directed by Julia Ducournau, Raw commences her feature
    filmmaking career on a truly sensational note, and is one of the most
    impressive debuts in recent memory. Working both as a straight-forward
    cannibalistic horror & an ingeniously layered allegory on primal
    desires, the film manages to be touching, alluring & stomach-churning
    at the same time.

    Ducournau’s writing is just as good, if not better, for the characters
    inhabiting this feature are fully fleshed out and have enough meat on
    their arcs. Justine’s own journey to self-discovery is handled with
    delicate care yet illustrated in an erotically charged fashion while
    her blossoming relationship with her sister ultimately becomes the very
    ingredient that binds this tale together.

    Be it the set pieces, camera-work, editing or soundtrack, all the
    aspects work in tandem with each other to further amplify its
    disquieting aura and the nauseating images that accompany those key
    moments linger on long after the credits have rolled. Its foreboding
    tone & uneasy feel is quietly & quickly established, and is effectively
    sustained till its downright shocking final revelation.

    The hazing rituals bring a sickening side of their own, even if they
    are shown in a fun & harmless manner. Camera-work is controlled and
    shifts gear as per the requirements of the scene, however, the images
    maintain a calm demeanour even when things go wild. Editing is
    brilliant for the most part but its pacing hits a snag every time the
    director attempts to focus on other characters.

    As far as performances go, Raw benefits most from Garance Marillier’s
    knockout act, for she is an absolute revelation in the role of Justine,
    and brings her to life with patience, perseverance & inner aggression.
    It’s a measured showcase from the young actress and she is nicely
    supported by Ella Rumpf who plays her sister. Lastly, Jim Williams
    contributes with a scintillating score that infuses flavour of its own
    into the final print.

    On an overall scale, Raw not only amazes as a blood-soaked horror but
    is equally accomplished as a cleverly envisioned coming-of-age story,
    and is one of the finest entries in both genres. Unique in its
    storytelling, effective in its execution, and definitely not for the
    easily distressed, this French horror is bold, brutal & bewitching in
    just the right doses, and delivers a cinematic experience that won’t be
    easily forgotten. Highly recommended.

  • Robb C.May 25, 2017Reply

    Raw is a story of humanity seen through the narrative of a cannibal.

    Raw concerns Justine, a 16 year old gifted teen who is ready to take on
    her first year in vet school, where her older sister also studies. She
    is a vegetarian, and has all her life been applying to her rules. Once
    she gets in school, hazing starts right away where she is forced to eat
    raw rabbit meat. After, unexpected consequences emerge as her true self
    begins to form.

    Raw is marketed as a cannibalism horror movie, where its gimmick comes
    from people fainting during screenings of this at movie festivals. I
    can see how certain expectations can ruin this movie for someone, as
    this truly isn’t a horror movie. It is a drama, a coming of age story
    about a young veterinarian student who undergoes an identity crises and
    a sexual awakening. It examines addiction and how an abuse of addiction
    can lead to a thorough change of character, enslaved by the horrors of
    obsession. It is also a story of two sisters and the bond they create,
    exhibiting personal development as they support each other through
    their trials throughout the film. It studies all of these complex
    themes, and looks at it with an additional ”what if?” concept of
    cannibalism. It is definitely a ridiculous set-up, but it somehow works
    here.

    It might get a little bit silly if looked at literally, but the film
    challenges the viewer to look at life with a unique set of lens, as
    some events portrayed at this film are truly outlandish. That’s where
    it gets its appeal, for me at least, though. The story, on the surface,
    is seen as a woman who has a sudden craving for raw meat, but beneath
    that are layers and layers of labyrinthine ideas of change and,
    essentially, growing up. One can view the cannibalistic aspects as a
    huge metaphor for all its contexts, and that’s also a certain way of
    mindset at going about the film. That’s what’s so great about the film;
    it is profound enough to provoke multiple interpretations from the
    viewer.

    The rest of the film is stellar. The actors are fantastic. Garance
    Marillier as the lead does a good job of character transformation, from
    subtle acts to actual cannibalistic performances. Ella Rumpf as her
    sister may be a supporting character, but she steals all the scenes
    that she is in. The score used is spectacular and strangely fitting to
    some of the film’s more brutal scenes. The narrative is fairly simple
    enough to follow, but what really separates this film from all other
    dramas is how utterly original it is in how it faces its problems and
    themes. That’s the selling point for me.

    Raw is a terrific film. It is profound, and not at all the
    cannibalistic horror movie the masses were expecting. Everything about
    it is fantastic, from the actors, to the score, to its themes, and to
    the character’s personal transformation from start to finish. I can see
    how this won’t be for some people, but for those who can stomach
    grotesque scenes, Raw is worth a look. It is a story of humanity seen
    through the narrative of a cannibalistic woman, and the result is
    multilayered and at times, metaphysical.

  • cody-phillipsphotographyMay 25, 2017Reply

    Horror at its finest

    As stated many times, there seems to be a resurgence of horror films.
    Horror, for some time, had fallen into a sense of being generic, with
    no smart horror films being released. Big budget horror films reigned
    for some time before found footage became the new wave of horror. This
    phase has lasted for many years now, but horror is shifting. Rather
    than big budget films, independent horror films are the hottest films
    on the market, producing the best horror films at the moment. There are
    a couple of big budget director like James Wan that really are doing
    horror justice in the major studios, but independent horror is where
    the genre is thriving.

    Sitting hidden in these independent horror films is Raw, a film that
    was brought to notoriety when it screened and patrons were reported to
    have passed out while watching it. A film with a history like this is
    always going to garner attention, which seems to have passed now that
    it is out of the festival scene. While this film may not have the same
    publicity that it did when it premiered, this film certainly is not a
    film that is to be ignored. With smart horror films being a rare find,
    even with many smart horror films finally being released, Raw is
    definitely a film that needs to get attention again.

    Described by many as a cannibalistic feminist horror film, Raw proves
    that contemporary issues can be present in horror films, building off
    of these issues. Gender roles and the idea of feminism run through this
    film, motivating some characters to do actions, while examining these
    in a new light. College hazing was another very interesting aspect that
    was examined, as there has been several other films that deal with
    hazing that have been released within the past several years. Raw takes
    a more gruesome approach to hazing, but nonetheless shows the process
    of hazing and the effects that it has on new students. The film was
    centered on these contemporary issues, making the film as relevant as
    ever.

    For many horror films, the horror aspect of the film is blunt. Torture
    porn is the best example of blunt horror, where the intention of the
    film is to show violence, there is no other reason for the film to
    exist. This tactic does work for certain sub-genres of horror, but
    blunt horror would not have been as effective with Raw. Rather than
    bluntly displaying horrific images, this film embraces subtlety, a
    feature that many well-done horror films follow. While there are many
    horrifying images portrayed throughout the film, the true horror lies
    beneath the surface. Horror comes in many different forms and Raw shows
    that societal issues can be just as horrifying as spirits or gore.

    It seems that many of the well-done horror films have been directorial
    debuts, with Raw being another one of those great first films. Julia
    Ducournau’s direction in the film feels like it is coming from a season
    director, rather than someone directing their first full-length film.
    She has an understanding of the horror genre, clearly displaying
    techniques that many other horror directors have used before, like
    doing dramatic close-ups on faces. Ducournau uses a very distinct
    palate, consisting of many shades of blue, but also utilizes many other
    colors during certain scenes that make the film have a very unique
    look. It really is baffling to think that this is her directorial
    debut, since it feels like she’s done at least a couple other horror
    films before this one.

    Raw is a film that has a reputation to live up to, since several people
    reportedly had to leave due to the gore. As a seasoned viewer of
    horror, the gore wasn’t a bother, but the scenes with the animals were
    the scenes that were the most difficult to watch. Many of the scenes
    that had gratuitous amounts of gore in it were brutal, but the scenes
    involving animals really were the hardest to get through. As someone
    who never wanted to become a veterinarian, these scenes were awkward
    and hard to watch, just because the procedures were so foreign.

    Horror really is starting to go into interesting places, with Raw
    showing just where horror is capable of going. There are many modern
    horror greats, with this film raking high among those great horror
    films (ranking among films like The Witch and It Follow). It’s rare to
    find a social critique in a horror film, let alone a film that
    discusses feminism and gender roles, so it is refreshing to find a film
    that manages to be terrifying, yet still is smart. Raw lives up to its
    reputation, being one of the most gruesome films to have come out
    recently.

  • angirisMay 25, 2017Reply

    Tries too hard in an already crowded and decadent genre.

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  • dcarsonhagyMay 26, 2017Reply

    An All Vegetarian Meat Dish…

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  • Claudio CarvalhoMay 27, 2017Reply

    Erotic and Gross

    The vegetarian Justine (Garance Marillier) has never tasted meat since
    she is allergic and protected by her mother. When the rookie Justine
    joins the veterinary school, she is hazed and forced by the older
    students including her sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf) to eat meat. Soon she
    feels attracted to eat not only meat but also human flesh and learns a
    family secret.

    The overrated ”Raw” is an erotic and gross European horror film with an
    original story of cannibalism. The plot is weird, shocking and confused
    and most of Justine and Alexia’s attitudes are not explained including
    their evil relationship with each other. Why Justine lets her gay
    roommate deflowers her is also strange. However, the story is well-
    resolved in the end with the explanation of Justine’s father but does
    not justify the hype. My vote is six.

    Title (Brazil): ”Grave” (”Grim”)

  • mie_bieMay 27, 2017Reply

    A Story about Human Instincts?! Great!

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  • HitchcockyanMay 28, 2017Reply

    Rawrrrrrrr!

    Julia Ducournau’s riotous debut feature is a coming-of-age tale spliced
    with cannibalistic horror. RAW is a visceral and curious attack on the
    senses, it is repulsive and arousing – often at the same time.

    The plot follows Justine – the youngest daughter of a family of
    vegetarian veterinarians, as she arrives at college to pursue her
    familial vocation. Thrust into the unrelentingly sadistic hazing week
    (which among other things will warrant a departure from her dietary
    constraints), Justine embarks on a gory odyssey of self-discovery.

    The heavily pronounced creepy visual aesthetic is maintained
    throughout, right from its terrifying veterinary school setting which
    at first glance gives off an ”inmate-run-asylum” vibe, with customary
    behaviours ranging from socially-unacceptable to downright psychotic.
    And of course the unsettling ubiquitousness of the animals – alive and
    dead – further amp up the hallucinatory visuals to almost Lynchian
    levels. But the stomach-churning gore is smartly equalised by a keen
    sense of character and a savage sense of humour. Garance Marillier’s
    turn as the initially mild- mannered, devout vegetarian Justine who
    subsequently devolves into a lustful, flesh-crazed carnivore is the
    backbone of this enterprise. Ella Rumpf is equally impressive as her
    apathetic elder sister with a dark streak.

    Not everything works however, the adversarial sibling dynamic feels
    haphazardly motivated, characters take convenient sexual detours purely
    to serve the plot, and the climactic twist at best works as a
    mildly-amusing punchline. But despite its under-cooked symbolisms and
    flawed narrative RAW remains a cinematic feast boasting extreme imagery
    and wicked performances.

  • Harhaluulo54May 29, 2017Reply

    Lame soft-core fetish wish fulfillment

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