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An innocent teenager, studying to be a vet, develops a craving for human flesh.

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Julia Ducournau

Writers:

Julia Ducournau (dialogue), Julia Ducournau (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Garance Marillier ... Justine
Ella Rumpf ... Alexia
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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Sisters bound by love, torn by flesh! See more »

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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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France | Belgium | Italy

Language:

French

Release Date:

15 March 2017 (France) See more »

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Freaking See more »

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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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Director Julia Ducournau really wanted actress Garance Marillier, to work on her body and posture. You can see a drastic change between the beginning and the end of the movie, Garance Marillier's posture changes as her character transforms. See more »

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Le père: I'm sure you'll find a solution, honey.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Raw (2017) See more »

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(p) 2008: V2 Records
With the permission of Editions David Platz Music, Paris (France)
With the kind permission of [PIAS]
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A potent cannibal awakening story
18 March 2017 | by ctowyiSee all my reviews

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.


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