Wow. This is not for everyone.
I am reminded of the disappointment I felt seeing movies like Crash and High Rise (Both JG Ballard stories). Like Raw they promised to be challenging and thought provoking, but both were vacuous nonsense.
This is anything but vacuous.
A case study in great acting, great tension, great music, revulsion and complete and utter oddness.
It’s a directorial debut by Julia Ducournau which is something of a coincidence because I very much enjoyed Alice Lowe’s horror debut, Prevenge, earlier this year.
It seems there is a female bloodlust going on in movieland just now and the two would sit as excellent companion pieces, although there are fewer laughs in this.
If blood puts you off give this a wide berth. If genuine but well developed antiestablishment hokum (it is horror hokum at then of the day) is your thing you will love this.
Think early Cronenburg,
Think early Alice Lowe. (She’s only done early so far.)
Think Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange.
And think the best of Lars Von Trier (Kingdom specifically.)