This has got to be one of the most unconfortable movie viewing experiences of my life. A unique mashup of the "coming-of-age" narrative with some seriously messed up imagery, along with a masterful performance by Garance Marillier. Killer soundtrack as well.
Alongside Get Out, This film stands on its own two legs as the sharpest social thriller of the year. It's a hell of debut; one of the best of the decade. The ripping exploration of the few central themes brings the narrative together while leaving you with stuff to chew on and unpack. Bonus, the cinematography is fantastic!
(Vukekpars/leweb) Rétro horreur 2017 suite! Bijou de film de genre français, ce "Grave" dispense une horreur organique à base de sévices corporels et de sexualité déviante (âmes sensibles s'abstenir). Le bizutage est brillamment exploité, esthétiquemt et narrativemt. Des pastilles surréalistes rappellent le très bon "Amer". Seul le contexte familial plutôt incohérent nécessitera une "suspension de l'incrédulité".
French horror genre cinema has had a renaissance of sorts over the last 15 years with films like 'Inside', "Haute Tension', 'Martyrs' and 'In Their Skin'. 'Raw' comes with a similar but unwarranted reputation that feels much more provocation than transgressive cinema. A good calling card for the director and a couple of amazing performances from Garance Marillier and Ella Rumpf but as a whole the film falters.
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.