A rarity among French directors, Ducournau challenges the local industry with a debut that blends extreme horror with other genres.
Ducournau’s debut feature, “Raw,” is a shocker: Set in an oppressive veterinary school where a young vegetarian develops a taste for live flesh, the film is an escalating succession of stomach-churning twists, each one more creatively depraved than the last — from licking someone’s eyeball at a college party to the now-infamous finger scene. The film ignited strong reactions at Cannes, where it premiered in Critics’ Week, and was so upsetting to some in Toronto that there were reports of audience members passing out at midnight screenings.
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...a profoundly affecting, deeply emotional coming-of-age story, and one of the most exciting directorial debuts in recent memory.
...a deliciously fevered stew of nightmare fuel that hangs together with a breezily confident sense of superior craft.