Horror cinema has enjoyed a real purple patch in the last decade, and arguably the most exciting, inventive and disturbing release of the 2010s is “Raw”, the debut feature for French writer-director Julie Ducournau. The film plays out as an unholy marriage between a coming-of-age tale and a cannibal horror story, in which a young vegetarian named Justine (Garance Marillier) takes her first steps into adulthood as she begins her studies at veterinary college.
Generally, when news breaks at a film festival that a film gets a standing ovation, sometimes even between 10 to 20 minutes, it’s pretty clear that it's well-received. If no news really breaks for the film or bad reviews come out, it’s easily labeled as bad. However, as a horror fan, when news breaks that a film makes people sick when they watch it and possibly even need medical attention, there’s that gut feeling you get that this film is special. This was the reaction when writer/director Julia Ducournau’s feature debut, “Raw,” made an appearance at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. Personally, I remember hearing about “Raw” and being intrigued by its rave reviews and reaction but have always struggled to pull the trigger and give it a watch.