The film ‘Raw’ is a movie unlike any other. The French film is about a 16-year-old female cannibal. It debuted at TIFF last year. In the movie, a young veterinary student realises that she is a cannibal. The story follows the life of the young woman.

The film’s writer and director Julia Ducournau says that the movie is not meant to horrify people and is about a 16-year-old girl’s coming of age. The protagonist ironically grows up in a vegetarian family and goes off to become a vet. At school, the freshmen are subject to ritual ragging, including eating a chunk of offal.

This is when her transformation starts taking place, as she discovers her suppressed appetites. What the movie is not, insists its director, is a metaphor for the protagonist’s sexual awakening.The movie has been getting rave reviews and has been screened at film festivals around the world.

“Raw is a feminist movie,” says its director. “I could have made a gore-fest with this film. But no, I wanted the audience to feel for her, and to understand that it’s actually being very human to be like this.” She also says that ‘Raw’ resists categorisation. 

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