Raw ★★★★½

Cannibalism, fear, and adolescence; the three pillars of Raw that work uncannily well together. The most casual way to describe this is by saying it's a uniquely dark and entirely symbolic coming of age story. Self-discovery manifested in barbaric acts of violence; maturation represented with depravity. Garance Marillier gives a tremendous performance as the former vegetarian; seemingly aging a decade as the film progresses from timid to...something else. But mostly it's discomforting; a viewing experience that gets under your skin from moment one. Full of personality, purpose and twisted emotion; Raw is a pretty terrific horror film that stands (at least in my viewing experience) apart from the crowd. Highly recommended, if you can get past the protagonist's occasional snack.

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