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Girl, You'll Be a Cannibal Soon

I decided to watch RAW after it got a 93% fresh rating on rotten tomatoes and after Ducournau won the Citizen Kane Award for best up and coming director.

I found it to be a rather terrific coming-of-age horror film. It somewhat reminded me of another fine horror film called Ginger Snaps.

" The camera instead lingers on moments that ground the viewer in Justine's body—her fits of scratching, kissing and sex scenes, Justine watching herself dancing in front of a mirror—to unfold her metamorphosis. "For me, the link with the teen movie or the coming-of-age story is that I am very, very interested in bodies. I really like to film them, and I like to use the bodies of my characters in order to talk about their psyche," .../...Justine's sexual awakening is inextricably linked to her new appetites, and when she eyes the shirtless bodies of young men playing soccer like a predator, we don't know if she's fantasizing about taking them to the sheets or the dinner table. A shot of Justine at a party, her legs spread and her hands at her crotch, licking her lips while watching her peers dancing is similarly ambiguous and thrilling.

Justine's awakening is both scary and exciting to behold. Though she tries to deny herself it, the pleasure Justine experiences while indulging her appetite is palpable, sometimes funny, other times erotic. Like so many recent excellent horror films (The Witch, The Babadook), Raw ends just as another story is beginning. Justine knows her true self—with both its delicacies and costs—and negotiating her desires will be her life's work. The girl has become a monster, and it becomes her."

Umm yes - I quite liked it. But I have always been okay with Horror films.

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