Raw

Dir.: Julia Ducournau | France, Belgium 2016 | 95 min

A family of vegetarians send their daughter Justine to a veterinary school. Here, the pale, cautious and inexperienced girl is thrown into what looks like one year of outright binge-drinking, her sexual debut and a harsh treatment by the older students, who pose non-stop challenges. The students all live on campus and the entire first year is thus pure survival. Justine discovers herself for better or worse – she follows her desires, including her desire for meat, which has been so suppressed throughout her upbringing. Julia Ducournau has her debut with a biting youth portrait, that goes all the way. It follows the young woman with a vibrant pace and blood in the corner of her mouth. It surprises us and lets the genres collide – just like an 'It Follows' 'Let the Right One In' or Romero's understated horror film 'Martin'. Ducournau is not the first one to let drama mix with genre film, but she does it in a phenomenal way, and her courageous youth portrait and, not least, her work with the courageous young faces has given her a place in PIX's main competition.

Original Title
Grave
Title
Raw
Country
France, Belgium
Release Year
2016
Duration
95 min.
Directors
Julia Ducournau
Producer
Jean des Forêts
Script
Cast
Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Naït Oufella, Laurent Lucas, Joana Preiss
Camera
Ruben Impens
Sound
Mathieu Descamps, Séverin Favriau, Stéphane Thiebaut
Editor
Jean-Christophe Bouzy
Music
Jim Williams
Production Company
Petit Film
Version
Dialogue: English Subtitles
Tempo
7
Thrills
8
Sighs
6
Laughs
3
Look
7
Food for thought
5