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Raw (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Raw's lurid violence and sexuality live up to its title, but they're anchored with an immersive atmosphere and deep symbolism that linger long after the provocative visuals fade.

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Everyone in Justine's family is a vet. And a vegetarian. At sixteen she's a brilliant student starting out at veterinary school where she experiences a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world. Desperate to fit in, she strays from her family principles and eats RAW meat for the first time. Justine will soon face the terrible and unexpected consequences as her true self begins to emerge...

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Cast

Ella Rumpf
as Alexia
Laurent Lucas
as Le père
Joana Preiss
as La mère
R. Thomas Mustin
as Head of Student Office
Thomas Mustin
as Head of Student Office
Marouan Iddoub
as Canteen Newbie
Jean-Louis Sbille
as Assessment Teacher
Benjamin Boutboul
as Hooded Veteran
Virgil Leclaire
as Corridor/Football/End Newbie - Coryphee
Anna Solomin
as Corridor Veteran
Sophie Breyer
as Canteen Newbie
Danel Utegenova
as Toilets Newbie
Bérangère McNeese
as Painting Newbie
Morgan Politi
as Barman Party CHU
Alice D'Hauwe
as Student Party CHU
Pierre Nisse
as Student Video Party CHU Morgue
Maite Katinka Lonne
as Newbie Auditorium
Amandine Hinnekens
as Veteran Water Gun
Sibylle du Plessy
as Autopsy Teacher
Sibylle duPlessy
as Autopsy Teacher
Denis M'Punga
as Auditorium Teacher
Alexis Julemont
as Emergency Resident
Lich Jass
as Cantee Woman Rest Area
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Critic Reviews for Raw

All Critics (133) | Top Critics (31)

Ably assisted by Marillier - and Ella Rumpf as Justine's controlling sis - Ducournau captures the more quotidian dread of fitting into cliques, losing your virginity and living up to family expectations.

April 27, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Ducournau, 33, is a promising, smart filmmaker with a lot to say, and "Raw" is quite a medium to present her ideas.

March 31, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A coming-of-age tale like you've never seen, Julia Ducournau's "Raw" left me intrigued, mildly nauseated and extremely curious about what passes for recreation at French veterinary schools.

March 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

If you can see past the rain of blood, Raw is a gorgeously moving film about fear and adolescence -- albeit one best viewed on an empty stomach.

March 23, 2017 | Full Review…

This gruesome French horror flick (2016) functions more as a mystery than as an action film, with an endless drip drip drip of revelation that gradually exposes a terrifying world behind the everyday.

March 23, 2017 | Full Review…

This smart, funny and extremely dark shocker gives writer/director Julia Ducournau a debut showcasing her prodigious creative instincts and perverse sense of humor.

March 23, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Raw

½

Absolutely bloody disgusting and provocative, "Raw" is a wholly unique cinematic experience. Concerning a young vegetarian girl attending veterinarian school, the film follows her through the initiation week of ridiculous co-ed hazing. Her sister who has preceded her at the school eggs her on in her extreme transformation from timid and bookish to a crazy party girl with a taste for raw meat. There is body horror and gore galore, evoking some of the most uncomfortable reeling shock since watching Jeremy Saulnier's "Green Room". This horror is well balanced with the theme of sexual awakening, violently and erotically explored by Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, and Rabah Nait Oufella. They party hard, and things escalate fairly quickly into varying degrees of cannibalism. A fundamental theme underlying the characters and their institution is a constant desensitization. Very much a product of our times, instantaneous hedonism has pushed Marillier's character to seek thrills and fulfillment beyond a typical teen's basic ideas of sexuality and sensory experience. As for the target audience, I have a lot of trepidation recommending the film to a general audience. It is not only off-putting but extremely irreverent about the violence and sex, but it never loses momentum and there are quite a few laughs considering the subject matter.

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