Raw is a grisly coming-of-age story, which parallels Justine's sexual awakening at college, with sudden cannibalistic desires. Justine also has to contend with her uneasy relationship with her older sister Alexia, which steadily becomes more antagonistic as Justine's cravings get stronger. Justine's only real solace as she undergoes these changes is her homosexual roommate Adrien (Rabah Nait Oufella).
While Raw does feature a few gruesome, cringe-inducing moments, particularly the first time Justine receives cannibalistic cravings, the film is actually a surprisingly touching coming-of-age story. With the central sisterly relationship and the paralleling of Justine's cravings with the emerging of her sexuality, I can almost describe Raw as "Ginger Snaps with cannibalism." Raw is definitely a well-made debut for French filmmaker Julia Ducournau.
- Tuesday, September 13, 10:00 PM - Scotiabank Theatre 3
- Saturday, September 17, 12:30 PM - TIFF Bell Lightbox 1