Raw Review

What are you hungry for?

Raw stars Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurent Lucas and Joana Preiss.

When a young vegetarian turns up at Veterinary college, she is forced to eat meat as part of a initiation by the older students. After this she seems to have a reaction to the meat and starts craving more meat. Her dissent into insanity is mixed with her new craving  for any meat she can get her hands on.

I saw early reports of this film saying that people had been throwing up during the film, so that built this film up for me and I highly expected it to be disgusting, and this film is definitely disgusting. It wasn’t as bad I thought it was going to be, but there are a lot of really disgusting imagery and really goes well with the slow dissent into madness.

The film is beautifully shot. There is a lot of creative shot types used and a good variety of shots. The use of colour is particularly great matching the creepiness of everything you are seeing on-screen. The different shots with the perfect music choices and score, really add to the film and build up the suspense. The film isn’t particularly scary, if you are looking for jump scares you won’t find them in this film, but this film has a lot of disgusting imagery and is definitely more psychological and makes you question as to why she has gone from vegetarian to needing any meat to survive.

Garance Marillier does a fantastic job of making you feel for the character at the beginning of the film and you really feel like you are going on this journey with her and when it happens you see the creepiness in her and the struggle inside her.

The film doesn’t have a particularly great story, it’s quite basic and because it is a french film, you have to read subtitles, which isn’t a problem, but it made it more obvious that the script wasn’t that great and you see more quiet moments that didn’t need words for the international audience.

It’s a solid psychological horror, some people don’t enjoy watching foreign films because of the subtitles, but if you can then what you have is a truly messed up film, which is what it set out to do.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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