Jaw-Droppingly Raw - Review of Raw.
Back some time ago I started watching the trailer for the French drama Raw (2016) and I had to stop it after not many seconds; something felt different and amazing about this movie (though I didn't know what at the time - it was just a feeling) - and I didn't want to know anything else about until I got the chance to see the movie, which I did today. Heck, I didn't even know that it was a French movie - I just knew the title and that something in those first seconds of the trailer had made me feel like this was a movie I just had to watch.

After watching Raw I can certainly see why I was drawn to it. This is a special, jaw-droppingly raw movie with a special atmosphere to it that completely won me over. The feeling that Julia Ducournau's Raw left me with can perhaps be best described (without spoiling anything) as a mix of the atmospheres from Chan-wook Park's Stoker (2013) and Tomas Alfredson's Låt den rätte komma in (Let the Right One In)(2008) - both movies that I loved, with Raw now added to that special group.

As usual I won't say anything about what the movie is about - though I'm certain I couldn't explain it anyway. This is a movie that has to be felt in all its possibly disgusting glory.
Yep, there are several off-putting parts in this movie that are, for lack of a better word, raw - with several definitions of that word fitting the movie; it is fresh, crude, painful, intense, powerful, violent, gritty, and much more.

Director Julia Ducournau manages to create a special and amazing atmosphere with Raw and lead Garance Marillier manages to give life to the main character of Justine. Together the movie comes together to be something captivating and powerful that I hadn't dared to hope for. A good surprise, to say the least - though still a movie I would be hesitant to recommend to just anyone, since I'm sure a lot of people would find it off-putting if not downright disgusting. Though, if you got the right appetite, this might be just the movie for you. ;-)

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