Julia Ducournau’s debut film Raw is rich in subtext. Ducournau wrote the screenplay as well tracing Justine’s (Garance Marillier) entrance into veterinary school and horrifying transformation/awakening.
Justine is hazed, pressured into getting eating meat, getting a painful Brazilian.
The opening frame (above) long take string of trees composition is perhaps the strongest in the film- and a sublime one.
One must applaud Ducournau for having a fresh take on the vampire genre in the 21st This is part Near Dark (1987) and part Cronenberg body horror.
Ella Rumpf plays Justine’s sister Alexia and Rumpf is superb. Based solely on this effort, if I were to place bets on the future successes of the two actors, I’d put my money on Rumpf.
Ducournau uses a very nice long take pushing through the student crowd during the song “Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy” by The Dø.
At the 72-minute mark there is similar shot as the coeds make out at the party as the camera makes its way to Justine in red light.
The final “I’m sure you’ll find a solution honey” line from the father as Ducournau cuts to red, the credits, and the haunting organ music.
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