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Grave (2016)

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Forced to eat meat during a college hazing, a young vegetarian develops an unbidden taste for meat that drives her down a dark path.

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Julia Ducournau

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Julia Ducournau (dialogue), Julia Ducournau (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Garance Marillier ... Justine
Ella Rumpf ... Alexia
Rabah Nait Oufella Rabah Nait Oufella ... Adrien
Laurent Lucas ... Le père
Joana Preiss ... La mère
Bouli Lanners ... Le routier
Marion Vernoux Marion Vernoux ... L'Infirmière
Thomas Mustin Thomas Mustin ... Chef du BDE
Marouan Iddoub Marouan Iddoub ... Bizut réfectoire
Jean-Louis Sbille ... Professeur évaluations
Benjamin Boutboul Benjamin Boutboul ... Vétéran cagoulé
Virgil Leclaire Virgil Leclaire ... Bizut couloir / Foot / Fin Coryphée
Anna Solomin Anna Solomin ... Vétérane couloir
Sophie Breyer Sophie Breyer ... Bizute réfectoire
Danel Utegenova Danel Utegenova ... Bizute toilettes
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Justine is a first-year veterinary student. Her elder sister is studying the same course at the university. Justine was raised a strict vegetarian but, as part of the hazing rituals, is forced to eat meat. Initially this has adverse effects but she soon develops a craving for meat...particularly human flesh. Written by grantss

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Rated R for aberrant behavior, bloody and grisly images, strong sexuality, nudity, language and drug use/partying | See all certifications »

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Country:

France | Belgium | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 March 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

€3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,825, 12 March 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$508,425, 28 April 2017
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The raw chicken that Justine is eating out of the fridge is actually sugar. Garance Marillier said about the scene that while it didn't disgust her from chicken, it did disgust her from candies for life. See more »

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Alexia: Shit.
Justine: What? Tell me.
Alexia: Odd.
Justine: It's stuck?
Alexia: I don't know.
Justine: What's Plan B?
Alexia: This is weird. Wait.
[pause]
Justine: You'll circumcise me!
Alexia: We have to.
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Giddy stratospheres
Written by Emma Chaplin, Mark Turvey, Dorian Cox, Kate Jackson, Reenie Hollis
Performed by The Long Blondes
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(p) 2007 Rough Trade Records Limited
Taken from the album 'Someone To Drive You Home'
Licensed Courtesy of Rough Trade Records Limited
By arrangement with Beggars Group Media Limited
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Growing Pains.
7 June 2017 | by Travis IsleSee all my reviews

Walk outs in film are a dime a dozen, Bad acting , Terrible script or maybe the vibe is all off, it's all part of the Hollywood game. When 20 people walked out of RAW in Paris last year at it's first screening it was for none of these reasons. The reason 20 people walked out and two fainted is because RAW is one of the most intense films to come out of the European state in quite awhile,

The crime of RAW is not that it is provocative it is that has the intelligence to smooth it over with focused direction and smart writing thanks to the helm at both ends, Julie Doucornow in her debut.

Justine,played by an excellent Garance Marillier is a strict vegetarian in first year in veterinarian school On the first night her dorm is raided by senior students and so begins the process of a week long hazing exercise, One afternoon she is forced to eat a raw rabbit kidney. The results are almost immediate as she discovers within herself a craving for meat and as with the title preferring the raw variety. With all these events happening at the same time she struggles to find her place in school. Juggling students, family, teachers with a crippling disease I found my self drawing similarities between this and Brian De Palma's CARRIE.

Justine, at a loss slowly succumbs to cannibalism but you won't see any zombies or Italian inspired cannibals here. The second act leads us to the reasons all those people walked out and missed the payoff and satisfying end. At heart a cannibal film but also and more importantly a story of young woman trying to find her feet and the most blistering of circumstances.

An original film from a first time director and something you can surely sink your teeth into.


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