A daughter from a strict vegetarian family enters veterinary school. Enrolling into the same school as her family did, she is pressured into partaking in an initiation involving raw meat. In addition to the pressures of school and college life, she must deal with the carnal side effects coming from within.
Raw is a beautifully visceral debut. On a surface level, the pairing of the visual and music should warrant enough attention from genre fans. Lurid images and skilled director’s hand illustrate the frenetic sink or swim lifestyle that comes with the abrupt transition to the world of college. A sequencing shot near the beginning of the film sets the tone for the borderline feral festivities that our protagonist is thrown into.
Accompanying the direction and visuals provided, the film’s soundtrack plays an equal role in keeping up the energy when needed, and capitalizing on pivotal moments to full effect. There are many musical cues that underscore turning points in the film exquisitely. Sight and sound serve to amplify the film’s delivery of its’ message— something that is beautiful to look at, hard to resist, and hard to get out of your head after you leave the theater.
Advertised and hyped as a horror, this film is more like a dark comedy/family drama paired with the fairly visceral element of cannibalism. While most people will not see past the film’s more exploitative scenes, those who are open minded will pick up on the themes of humanity and identity, hidden within the entertainingly delectable sheen placed over top the film.
A stunning and energetic debut, do yourself a favor and watch this film. I’d say you wouldn’t be disappointed, but at the very least, it is nothing like you have seen.
Director: Julia Ducournau
- Was that actually raw Chicken?
- Send me all the goth influenced rap foreign and all
- I’m on the hunt I’m after you~