Raw ★★★★★

'Body' horror is the medium of abject transformation. The primeval terror of a shifting entity, what was once human becoming non human, and in that instance, violently exposing the arbitrary nature of such a definition. Of all the themes that coalesce to create Raw, that of transformation, of not only the transitory nature of the stages of human life, but the transitory nature of being human, is perhaps the most evident. But why I think Raw connects with me so deeply is that beyond these immediate themes, of which each harbours immense power, the film itself, and the meaning it constructs, is volatile. Meaning, in Ducournau's film is ever changing, bubbling and morphing between each watch, often shifting from frame to frame. What the film is about, on the most base level, cannot be pinned down to one crystallised event. It is a film that lacks a headline thesis, the abrasively 'obvious' nature of the metaphors obstructs any one of them holding supremacy. Instead, the film is organic, a breathing mass of phenomenons, ideologies and forms. The metaphors compliment and obfuscate each other, leaving a twisted mass of viscous ideas, pulling and rolling in all directions, never truly taking form. In doing so, Raw not only tells the story of how life is a process of never ending transformation, but becomes that shifting beast, never stable, always ready to consume you.

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