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Raw Movie Review

Film
Raw

Year
2016

Starring
Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Laurent Lucas

Directed by
Julia Ducournau

Tagline
She craves meat.

Synopsis

A young vegetarian finds herself with an insatiable hunger for meat after tasting it during her first year at veterinary school.

Review

This might be one of the most messed up movies I’ve seen in a long time… And I think I loved it. I mean, what else is a boy to do when stuck inside due to a bomb cyclone raging outside beside watching a coming of age story about a budding cannibal? Raw has been on my “must watch” list since it first came out in 2016 and when I finally got around to watching it on this ferocious snowy day, I was not disappointed. First off, a word to the wise: if you have a weak constitution when it comes to body horror, maybe skip this one. I’ve always prided myself on having a strong tolerance for gross things(you kind of have to if you are going to work in the medical field or be a die-hard horror fan), but this film even made me squirm in my bed sheets. And I don’t mean a little bit of squirming, I mean I had to pause the movie and pull the blankets over my head because I was so disturbed by the situation.
Raw is the kind of movie that doesn’t pull any punches with its subject matter or in what it’s willing to show or imply. I found director Julia Ducournau’s voice to be a breath of fresh air in this regard. She’s very smart about what she chooses to show and what she doesn’t and I think she made the right choice regarding each of her plot points. While the film is shocking enough to set people on edge, the heart of the story is about love and the terrible things we are willing to do for the people we hold most dear. Its also about the terrible things we choose to do to each other despite that love. Its madness, it doesn’t make any sense, and yet its one of the truest statements about what it means to be human.
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While Raw can be a terrible film to behold at times, its violence and gore are never shown without a reason. It doesn’t dump buckets of fake blood on its actors for the pure shock of it, the violence is poignant and comes back to the central theme of love. The Hostel and Saw sequels this is not. I highly recommend giving this movie a watch if you like body horror or horror with a heart. Its available on Netflix right now for those of you with a subscription to that particular product.
Have any of you already seen Raw? What did you guys think? Let me know in the comments below
 

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