A taste for meat

French director Julia Ducournau’s startling first feature Raw has been scooping up festival awards and stunning audiences wherever its been shown. Reportedly one cinema hired paramedics on stand by to treat those who fainted from shock. No doubt Dendy Newtown’s patrons are tougher than that, but be warned, Raw is a strong film. It tells the story of Justine (Garance Marillier), a brilliant 16-year-old whose admission to a prestigious veterinary school sparks a coming-of-age like no other. With her older sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf) watching on, Justine partakes in a bizarre hazing ritual where she is forced to eat raw meat for the first time, defying her vegan upbringing and unleashing an insatiable desire for flesh.

Tapping into the violence of youthful rites of passage and the power of sisterly bonds, Raw is emotionally and physically visceral, and totally unforgettable. The film imaginatively and intelligently expands contemporary horror cinema, announcing Ducournau as a key figure in an exciting and bold new wave of female genre filmmakers. R18+ at Dendy Cinemas Newtown from April 20. Check the trailer here

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