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6.8
/10
1,757 Ratings

Raw

Grave

Directed by Julia Ducournau
France, Belgium, 2016
Drama, Horror

Synopsis

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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Raw Directed by Julia Ducournau
It’s normal, in a sense, for a film such as Raw to jump from body issues to family issues to social issues, and then do the full circle all over again. This keeps things in motion and maintains intrigue and speculation… But – here’s the temptation to hysteria in this structure – it also has the potential to generate incoherencies and confusions… Despite these reservations, Raw is a confident and striking debut feature. Ducournau will be a figure to follow.
June 01, 2017
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Even the densest viewer can puzzle out that this rigmarole is meant to pertain to the squeamish process of sexual awakening… An excruciating curatorial preciousness afflicts the whole affair, more showroom than film, its purported depths impossible to see past the glare of the vitrine—or is it a specimen jar? Bloodletting abounds, but nothing punctures the surface.
March 31, 2017
The film’s bursts of intensity are memorable not because of the level of carnage they feature, but courtesy of the concepts they showcase. It’s repulsive not just because it depicts something that people instinctively recoil from, but because the movie demands that you experience it alongside its doe-eyed heroine as she reluctantly finds herself shifting toward being a predator.
March 27, 2017
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