Raw (2016)

Raw (2016)

Raw (2016)

Animalistic horror from French filmmaker Julia Ducournau, following a teen vegetarian who develops a carnivorous nature at veterinary school.

Everyone in Justine’s 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’s 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.

2016Rating: R18, Violence, horror, sex scenes & content that may disturb99 minsFrance, BelgiumFrench with English subtitles
HorrorFestival & Independent

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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

Slathered in queasy, confrontational imagery and coal-black humour, Julia Ducournau’s accomplished debut feature Raw would make a thematically snug trilogy of sorts with Claire Denis’ Trouble Every Day and Marina de Van’s In My Skin, both elegant, taboo-obliterating studies of feminine bestial urges that society at large would preferably not acknowledge, let alone explore in such horrific detail.

4.0
Vulture

Vulture

press

A French-Belgian horror film that combines flesh eating with the horrors of college hazing to spin a loopy parable of abstinence and indulgence, bingeing and purging.

Variety

Variety

press

A deliciously fevered stew of nightmare fuel that hangs together with a breezily confident sense of superior craft.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Raw is a film with things to say about body image, finding your identity as a woman and adapting to life as a grown-up.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

An exceptionally classy-looking movie about deeply horrifying behaviour.

Stuff

Stuff

press

Like Interview with a Vampire's rat biting and Pulp Fiction's hypodermic needle, this is a film that left some audience members reeling.

4.0
Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

press

Ducournau is an example of what should be happening but isn’t in New Zealand screen development.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Even the weak of stomach should actually try to brave the brutal brilliance of Raw.

4.0
Newsroom

Newsroom

press

One hell of an experience, and one hell of a fiery debut.

Newshub

Newshub

press

As well as all the nastiness, this is a thoughtful, insightful film that's deeply fascinating.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Ducournau, making a stellar feature writing-directing debut, fosters the kind of disquieting intimacy with her characters that leaves us continually uncertain of whether we should fear them or fear for them.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

It's rare to see such confidence in a first feature, yet Ducournau seems to know where she's going at all times...

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Goes outside the norm of what we would consider body horror.

Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

flicks

Slathered in queasy, confrontational imagery and coal-black humour, Julia Ducournau’s accomplished debut feature Raw would make a thematically snug trilogy of sorts with Claire Denis’ Trouble Every Day and Marina de Van’s In My Skin, both elegant, taboo-obliterating studies of feminine bestial urges that society at large would preferably not acknowledge, let alone explore in such horrific detail.

4.0
Vulture

Vulture

press

A French-Belgian horror film that combines flesh eating with the horrors of college hazing to spin a loopy parable of abstinence and indulgence, bingeing and purging.

Variety

Variety

press

A deliciously fevered stew of nightmare fuel that hangs together with a breezily confident sense of superior craft.

Time Out

Time Out

press

Raw is a film with things to say about body image, finding your identity as a woman and adapting to life as a grown-up.

4.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

An exceptionally classy-looking movie about deeply horrifying behaviour.

Stuff

Stuff

press

Like Interview with a Vampire's rat biting and Pulp Fiction's hypodermic needle, this is a film that left some audience members reeling.

4.0
Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand

press

Ducournau is an example of what should be happening but isn’t in New Zealand screen development.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Even the weak of stomach should actually try to brave the brutal brilliance of Raw.

4.0
Newsroom

Newsroom

press

One hell of an experience, and one hell of a fiery debut.

Newshub

Newshub

press

As well as all the nastiness, this is a thoughtful, insightful film that's deeply fascinating.

4.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Ducournau, making a stellar feature writing-directing debut, fosters the kind of disquieting intimacy with her characters that leaves us continually uncertain of whether we should fear them or fear for them.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

It's rare to see such confidence in a first feature, yet Ducournau seems to know where she's going at all times...

FilmInk

FilmInk

press

Goes outside the norm of what we would consider body horror.