Horror film Raw, from first-time writer-director Julia Ducournau, charts a young vegetarian veterinary student named Justine and her descent into cannibalism after she is forced to eat raw meat as part of an initiation ritual. If this wasn’t enough to interest you, the movie was recently in the news as some of the film’s more graphically violent scenes caused a stir at a Toronto Film Festival screening this past September. There were reports that many viewers passed out while it was screened at the coveted festival!
Many top critics around the world have seen the film and have reviewed the same. Lets have a look what they say about the horror sensation:
1. The strongest of the female-led films I’ve screened so far at the festival is Raw, Julia Ducournau’s beautifully realized, symbolically rich, and disturbingly erotic meditation on primal hungers of all kinds. – AV Club (Thumbs Up)
2. Raw is filled with surreally Cronenberg-esque peeks at vet training within the brutalist walls of the campus building, from dog dissections to a horse running on a treadmill. – Buzzfeed News (Thumbs Up)
3. Raw is realized to a high standard that should break it out beyond specialist distributors and exhibitors, and genre fests that can get in there before release should book it and watch audiences delight in its stylish sense of body horror. – Variety (Thumbs Up)
4. A cleverly written, impressively made and incredibly gory tale of one young woman’s awakening to the pleasures of the flesh – in all senses of the term. – Hollywood Reporter (Thumbs Up)
5. Ducournau delivers an efficient and technically mastered (but one would not expect less from a Fémis graduate) variation on the cannibal flick, which manages to keep a few twists in store alongside the more expected final feast. – Electric Sheep (Thumbs Up)
6. The flesh-eating movie that had them requiring ambulance intervention in Toronto never lets up. It’s also a complex drama of adulthood, sex, conformity, hazing, body image and lust – The Guardian (Thumbs Up)
7. That realism and dedication to keeping it simple allows Justine’s bloody rights of passage to transcend sadism and schlock into something singular and special. – Collider (Thumbs Up)
8. Raw is as lyrical a film about cannibalism as you are ever likely to see, so ignore the hype about audience members fainting or being sick, and instead revel in the strange beauty of its twisted tale. – IGN Movies (Thumbs Up)
9. French writer-director Julia Ducournau’s extraordinary first feature is a heady, blood-soaked examination of femininity, sexual awakening and the sisterly bond. – SightNSound (Thumbs Up)
10. The inventively grisly (or gristly) genre debut by French up-and-comer Julia Ducornau. – Screen International (Thumbs Up)
A unaminous acclaim for the bloody cannibalistic horror film! “Raw” has been given a hard R rating by the MPAA for aberrant behavior, bloody and grisly images, strong sexuality, nudity, language and drug use/partying, so don’t expect a wide release in USA.