It’s gross, it’s artsy, it’s made people pass out, and it’s out in theaters today.
The new French teen cannibal horror film Raw made headlines when it screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, where paramedics had to be called after two patrons reportedly passed out at a midnight screening of the film.
Directed by Julia Ducournau and starring Garance Marillier and Ella Rumpf, Raw is a kind of macabre coming of age tale that has been called “gross as all hell,” “a deliciously fevered stew of nightmare fuel,” “breathtakingly depraved,“ and “an exceptionally classy-looking movie about deeply horrifying behavior.”
Here’s the synopsis from Focus Features:
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 principals 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…
Raw is now playing at select theaters, and has a 91% critics rating, and 80% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes.