Everyone in Justine's (Garance Marillier) 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. During the first week of hazing rituals, desperate to fit in whatever the cost, she strays from her family principles when she eats raw meat for the first time. Justine will soon face the terrible and unexpected consequences of her actions as her true self begins to emerge.
Its an Ok movie, infact if im honest its a rather good movie, Not badly made ,Not badly acted, Very French in values .
Personally I Absolutely Hated it and Everyone in it .what a bunch of truly horrible people they are in a French Vet School.
Its Odd , its .....hmmm ...how to describe it..... i found it Very Annoying , but that was mainly because i found the people in it annoying .
No real explanation to WHY Cannibalism crops up . no real story apart from the obvious. certainly no real hero / heroine to root for .
Vet School seemed to be all about the Students Abusing one another as much as possible all term long.
A Massive Missile Attack on the whole Veterinary School would have been a better ending for me .
9 out of 13 members found this review helpful.
A Coming-of-age Horror Masterpiece
- Raw review by JW
You may know about Julia Ducournau’s Raw as the “cannibal horror story that caused people to faint at the Toronto film festival”. Yes, it did. And yes, the squeamish should most certainly brace themselves. But Raw is much, much more than just a brutally bloody body horror – though it is most certainly that as well.
Aside from the grisly and guaranteed-to-shock scenes of anthropophagy, Raw is in fact one of the decade’s most brilliant and beautiful coming-of-age dramas, far more a film about the challenges and apprehensions of “fitting in” than it is mindless gore.
There’s nothing mindless about this film. The characters are confused and complex as they head off to veterinary school to do what college kids do – express themselves, find themselves, explore their identities and sexuality. What happens to our protagonist Justine (Garance Marillier) and her older sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf) – daughters of militant vegetarians who took their own veterinary degrees at this most brutal of schools many years before – is something wholly unexpected. Cannibalism, indeed, isn’t present for cannibalism’s sake, but as a metaphor for… Rebellion? Disobedience? Love? Submission? Carnal desire? Yes, to all and more besides.
Raw is shocking. Raw is hard to watch. But Raw is also compelling, at times laugh-out-loud funny, brilliantly acted (Marillier is truly excellent), and one of the most original films I’ve seen in a very long time. Masterfully shot, superbly paced, and beautifully stylised, Raw is a film that cinephiles everywhere should most definitely get their teeth into.
5 out of 8 members found this review helpful.
Pretentious, over-rated French 'Grand Guignol' flick
- Raw review by PV
Well, if it's cannibalism you want, I would certainly recommend watching Tony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs or Hannibal, or maybe even Wrong Turn, rather than this tired drama which hasn't got an original bone in its body. Other cannibal movies are available.
No doubt made to appeal to and shock teenagers, I didn't find this shocking just silly - and unbelievable. Moreover, the 2 sisters main characters were so annoying I honestly wouldn't have cared if someone had stuffed em in a roasting tin and popped em in the over at gas mark 7.
The vet school featured is so fake an unbelievable - such hazing died out years ago.
I saw the final twist coming a mile off too.
The gay North African character shines in this dross like a diamond in a gung heap.
Utter rubbish. As other reviewers have pointed out a bunch of vile bullies intimidating younger students with a side story of cannibalism. If it's true that cinema goers found some of the movie so overwhelming they passed out then frankly they need to get out more. If the demographic this is aimed at want to watch some decent horror check out Ari Aster's and Jordan Peele's work. Avoid like the plague...now there's a movie idea!
I don't usually like horror so it was a good job this was a kind of comedy. Not that I laughed much. It seems to be an extreme way of exploring family dysfunctionality and made me think at times. The ending was unexpected and marvellous.
Just when you think it cannot become more gross, it does. To the extend that it becomes quite funny.
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful.
Rarely have I watched so many unlikable characters in one film.
- Raw review by AM
I really disliked this film from the opening minutes till the end. I wanted every single character to die a grisly death as soon as possible. If 'hazing' has ever existed anywhere to even half this degree I am appalled and would not trust any vet educated in such an establishment with a pet cockroach.
Also, as far as I could see there was only one grown-up in the entire facility. An odious lecturer who I also wanted to succumb to death as quickly as at all convenient. The main protagonists? Could I warm to them? Um, no.
I know it's not the point of a horror film to endear their characters to the viewer, but come on; to engage the viewer there should be someone worth rooting for !
The only plus points and the reason for the film gaining 2 stars, were the occasional gems of dark humour dialogue and some of the facial expressions, which were so well acted that I briefly, found myself warming to the film... only very briefly mind.
I would avoid this film unless you've had such a bad day that you think it might be improved by watching (implied only hopefully) animal cruelty and the worst examples of humanity it is possible to portray.
Garance Marillie gives a great naturalistic performance and all the cast are good . The direction is strong as is the script and it is a visually striking film . However I found my attention wavering . With a subject matter that is so abstract , you either add a lot more humour or put events into some context
Is it a commentary on family values ? Or peer pressure? On self harm ?
The message is vague and although strong in many areas , the film is far from satisfying.