The 2016 French-Belgium Horror Film, Raw or translated in English as ‘Grave’, has had quite the impact, before it’s even hit the cinemas. This grisly trailer isn’t for the faint-hearted, or for those with a weak stomach, as gore, blood, and lust in the preview paint a gruesome picture of what the film will have in store for its viewers.
Raw, written and directed by Julia Ducournau, is due to be released on the 10th of March 2017 in the US, and the 7th of April 2017 in the UK.
Ducournau’s debut feature film won a FIPRESCI Prize (International Federation of Film Critics) at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and later went on to cause a commotion at the Toronto Film Festival, after a few viewers fainted and vomited. Ambulances had to be called to help those who couldn’t handle the grim scenes that feature throughout this gruesome spectacle of cannibalism and sexual awakening.
Raw tells the story of a 16-year-old student named Justine (Garance Marillier) , raised a strict vegetarian, whose lust for flesh is awakened by her experiences at veterinary school, resulting in horrific acts of cannibalism. Justine’s enrolment in the medical institution is influenced by her family; her older sister is already being a student at the school, and her parents are ex-pupils too. The school’s cruel hazing ritual, where Justine is forced to eat rabbit kidney, further adds to the unnerving element of the film.
The themes of sexual emergence intertwine with the horror, as Justine’s twisted appetite for flesh and sex grows. This combined with the leap from vegetarian, to carnivore, to cannibal is making Raw one of the more unique horror movie experiences of 2017.
Horror fan or not, could you stomach Raw? Or will you have bitten off more than you can chew?
Text: Jessica Saunders
Images: European Fantastic Film Festivals Federation, Women and Hollywood, BFI, Esquire