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Great movie with deep meanings
*** WARNING, THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS ***
In my humble opinion, this movie is astonishing. Great photography, great mood and good acting. But I wanna try to go deeper in my analysis...
I think in this movie there are two levels of interpretation:
The first one, more simple and direct, tells a story about youth problems and cannibalism, with both strong gore and erotic elements (where the one balances the other). These arguments are quite common in this category of movies, as well as the key plot (if we think about it with superficiality).
The second one, instead, is much more deeper. It tells a story about parenting failures, and now I explain you why. Since the beginning of the movie, I was upset about seeing a young adult girl strictly forced to eat what her parents told her to eat (only vegetables, in this case). Her parents looked so distant and aloof during all the movie, and that made me think "WTF! poor girl(s)!". This feeling got enforced when they left Justine in the parking, ready to leave in a hurry (instead of waiting for Alexia with her), or when they were at the hospital behaving as if nothing bad has ever happened. Furthermore, it feels like they forced their daughters to follow their same course of study (another bad thing that parents should never do). Only at the end, we realize that the parents only tried to protect their daughters from becoming like them, namely cannibal monsters. Unfortunately, they have failed. Only at the end we truly understand why they are so obsessed with the vegetarian diet. That is an odd yet sincere proof of love, as well as another one: when Justine and her dad are having a smoke outside of the hospital, he tells her she'd better not have kids... At first I thought "How can a father tell such a terrible thing to her little lady?", but in the end I understood he told so to stop the procreation of new cannibal beings. Furthermore, this movie points out that, as soon as the sons grow up, there is no way for parents to control and to impose what their sons will become in their own life. They should let them be free, even if it may seem painful. This is enforced by the strong bond between the two sisters: even if they always seem to be ready quarrel and fight, in the end they look alone and they love and sustain each other while sharing the same difficult growth path.
Cannibalism, sex, violence, strange behaviors, etc... are just metaphorical elements that tell the growth of a young adult and its slow detachment from the family.