Saturday July 4, 2020

Raw: Cinema’s first feminist cannibal

Visceral to the point of brutality, whip-smart and darkly funny

9th April, 2017
Garance Marillier in Raw

Raw: Directed by Julia Ducournau, Nationwide, 18, Rating: ****

A Dark Song: Directed by Liam Gavin, Nationwide, 16, Rating: ***

It’s not every director’s debut film that makes international headlines by inciting fits of fainting and vomiting at festival screenings. Then again, not every director’s debut film is a feminist coming-of-age story about a ravenous teenage cannibal. Julia Ducournau’s incredibly gory and impressively accomplished Raw follows a lifelong vegetarian named Justine (Garance Marillier) who is...

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