Hello, dear readers! If there are any horror movie buffs between my followers, I guarantee that you will love this movie. Even though I usually prefer American or British dramas, this French horror / drama caught my eye when I was randomly browsing movies just several days ago. The trailer did not explain movie that well but it was enough to draw me in.
The main character Justine (starring Garance Marillier) is a life-long vegetarian, who begins her studies at veterinary school where her parents met and which her older sister Alexia currently attends. During freshman hazing rituals Justine is forced to eat a peace of raw rabbit kidney. At first she’s repulsed by that and even gets skin rash after eating it, however, later she starts craving raw animal meat. It’s not that creepy until the point where accident happens with her sister Alexia and Alexia’s finger gets cut off. She faints but Justine calls 911 and starts waiting. This is when first extra creepy part happens – Justine starts eating her sister’s finger. Moments later Alexia wakes up and catches Justine doing it but her reacting is a little odd. A normal person would run out of the room, scared in this case but all that happens is – a tear slides down Alexia’s cheek. Later on several other things happen in the movie: Justine has sex with her “gay” roommate, bites off part of random dude’s lip while making out with him, has public fight with Alexia which turns out to be very wild, bloody and… cannibalistic. I don’t want to spoil too much for you, so I’m cutting the summary short. I literally have no idea, how to describe “Raw” in an interesting way without spoiling all the details.
Now, when the plot is roughly explained, here’s what I thought of it. First of all, Garance Marillier (She’s the same age as me. Somehow surprising.) was brilliant in her character. The contrast between normal, “every day” version Justine and the one, who craves human flesh was huge and a little surprising. Alexia (starring Ella Rumpf) was pretty well-played, too, however, the character in general kind of repulsed me. Especially after what she did with Adrian (Rabah Nait Oufella). When it comes to Adrian, I found his relationship with Justine a little fascinating. There was something there. Although I hoped that it will turn out differently. Or maybe I just wished for more erotic moments in the movie because AV CLUB described it as: “Beautifully realized and disturbingly erotic.” (Honestly, I have no idea what AV CLUB is, I just noticed that review in the movie trailer.) Sure, it was erotic in some weird way but still.
Surprisingly, in general I really enjoyed the movie (even though finger chewing scene definitely made me want to look away). I have to admit that it was powerful and mind-blowing. Also, if you decide to watch it – the plot twist at the very end is just perfect in some twisted way, it gives the movie so much-needed closing and explanation why everything happens the way it does. After watching “Raw” I couldn’t return to reality for quite some time and while I’m writing this, I’m still partially confused and impressed by what I’ve seen. However, the fact that “Raw” wasn’t pure gore porn and actually had a decent plot is a huge pro.
Overall rating: 9/10
That’s all I have to say for this movie. If you are ready to get creeped out, grossed out and turned on all in one movie, this is a must watch. Also, if you have any foreign movie suggestions for me, feel free to leave them in the comments and I will watch them and review them on the blog. 🙂 Until next time on Dolls Have Hearts!
Love, Porcelain Doll.