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RAW, a violent psycho-horror tale about vegetarianism
Justine enters vet school in France. There's horrible hazing rituals and wild parties. There's Alexia, her aggressive sister, a core member of a group of violent senior students. There's lots of animals needing to be dissected in class. And there is cannibalism. Amidst this frenzy, the burgeoning friendship with Adrien, her gay room mate, is Justine's only prospect of a more normal life.
Trying to come up with a structured synopsis of RAW does the movie a disservice, as it progresses often more through association of images and music, and as it is driven more by mood and atmosphere than by particular plot events. That said, the story is compelling as a character portrait of a truly remarkable girl, and as a visceral study of the atrocities that humans are capable of.
The movie is a clear allegory on the weirdness of human meat consumptionRAW is essentially a psycho-horror ode to vegetarianism: The students are kept in constant terror, just like animals on a meat farm. The students walk around in bloody coats throughout most of the movie, the same way that animals in mass production are kept in sometimes excruciatingly dirty conditions. And the the students themselves behave like animals, often being depicted in large flocks and reduced to their basic needs, such as their massive sex drives (it's a French movie: there's going to be graphic sex).
The ideas are strong and will stick with you. But in the end, it's RAW's cinematography, the spot-on editing, the ingenious use of artificial lighting, and the powerful music, that are the movie's true hallmark. Music and imagery beautifully fuse together into a dreamlike kaleidoscope of violence, a rich tapestry woven in naked bodies, blood and carcasses.
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