Everyone in Justine’s family is a vet. And a vegetarian. At 16, she’s a brilliant and promising student. When she starts at veterinary school, she enters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world.
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Youth culture — its urges, perils, and emptiness — as a Lynchian nightmare, with a dollop of Cronenberg’s body horror. Julia Ducournau’s incisive examination of the shit society heaps at the feet of unprepared young women is more insightful than any straight coming-of-age drama in recent memory. Guided by powerful work from the young Garance Marillier and an eclectic score. The ending had me yelling in shock.
Stepping out of your comfort zone, trying to fit in new cliques and finding your true self. These are the struggles of every fresh college student, even if you like your meat slightly under medium rare. Such a glorious debut for Julia Ducournau!
Raw builds up tension with sibylline brilliance. Its visual narrative is rare as in innovative though straight-forward. An artistic achievement with female signature. I mention Ducournau's genre because its bliss to see new languages or new use of former ones. And yes - with the rise of female directors this sense of cinematic freshness will no longer be a beautiful oddity, but the rule.
Call me crazy, but I just wish it had gone further. The thing that really stops it from being excellent is its tendency of always bringing insane back to reality. That being said, this is a really good horror movie - with wonderful scenes for the fans of gore. With that hand on combining freak and blood, I can't wait to see what Ducournau brings up next. Thumbs up horror.
Really started off well with interest and potential but went ahead and discarded the vegetarian debate and devolved into a brainless teen horror. If it wasn't for the incredible performance by Marillier I would have switch off very early. 2 stars
not (far from) perfect but I'm giving it 5 stars for the experience - even though it's not as explicit as I thought it would be, it's fairly well constructed to the point that it made me uncomfortable sometimes (but I've got personal issues on account too) - and because I'm a sucker for female crazies and body horror, hell yes, two of my favorite things.
"Kuru: a rare progressive fatal prion disease that resembles Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease and has occurred among tribespeople in eastern New Guinea who engaged in a form of ritual cannibalism—called also laughing death, laughing sickness. One hypothesis was that Kuru is a symptom of demon possession or a manifestation of sorcery". This is not a film, this is an experience. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAXmgId3NTQ
An earnest attempt at reinventing the body horror genre. As expected, Raw is repellent and sickening, but it's nowhere as perverse or repugnant as other modern horrors like Trumpcare. In fact, the contemporary film horror genre faces an insurmountable hurdle: it pales compared to an average day in Donald Trump's America. The French Extreme Horror can't match the sheer obscenity of the 45th and his minions.