Raw ★★★★

An incredibly daring film and incredible debut from Julia Ducournau, starting with a premise of university hazing only to go to extremes that you didn't quite see coming even if you were told about a prominent plot aspect beforehand and nor did everyone really want to see these extremes or can stomach them, if you'll excuse the pun. Still, you can't help but leave shaken and somewhat mesmerized by it at the same time.

The film repeatedly likes to punch and kick you in the guts, only to then reconcile with you by playing its sweet, sweet harpsichord score. Jim Williams is the name to keep in mind for score lovers. On top of that, there are one or two soundtrack choices that definitely feel like they were taken right out of an entry from the Italian genre cinema of the 1970s.

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