I’m not all that enthusiastic about screen gore but the theme of cannibalism is particularly interesting given its obvious resonance with mass consumption, competition, violence, and other aspects of capitalist modernity. Down for the weekend with a vicious cold, I watched Raw, a 2016 French-Belgian production that tells the story of Justine, a first-year student at veterinarian school who discovers something about herself.  Without going into detail– see it for yourself– I can say that the most disturbing and beautiful aspects of Julia Ducournau’s arthouse film depend less on spatter than on atmosphere.

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