Raw

  • 98'
  • France
  • 2016

Prudish Justine is insecure and wary of starting her study of veterinary medicine. The campus is large and the initiation gross. Her tougher older sister is no help at all. Luckily, she has Adrien, her roommate and gay best friend. To Justine’s horror, the initiation involves eating raw rabbit kidneys. Soon afterwards she develops a terrible rash and an uncontrollable lust for meat which proves the start of a bloody transformation from nerdy goody-two-shoes into lusty vamp.
Horror films worth their salt use gory metaphors to highlight social phenomena. Seasoned viewers will see a critique of our dealings with animals and current beauty ideals behind the blood, vomit and hair. Cameraman Ruben Impens (De helaasheid der dingen, Belgica) captures all this in bloody, bestial, beautiful glory. Writer/director Julia Ducournau has won many prizes for this, her debut feature, including the FIPRESCI prize at Semaine de la Critique in Cannes.

Director
Julia Ducournau
Countries of production
France, Belgium
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
98'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Grave
Language
French
Producers
Jean des Forêts / Petit Film, Julie Gayet / Rouge International, Nadia Turincev / Rouge International, Jean-Yves Roubin / FraKas Productions, Cassandre Warnauts
Production Companies
Petit Film, Rouge International, FraKas Productions
Sales
Wild Bunch
Screenplay
Julia Ducournau
Cinematography
Ruben Impens
Editor
Jean-Christophe Bouzy
Production Design
Laurie Colson
Sound Design
Mathieu Descamps
Music
Jim Williams
Cast
Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Naït Oufella, Laurent Lucas, Joana Preiss, Bouli Lanners, Marion Vernoux
Local Distributor
Cinemien