According to director Ducournau, Raw’s theme is more than just about cannibalism, sisterhood, womanhood, and male gaze. She went on to say that such subjects are interesting to talk about because they are always coupled with body obsessions, such subjects also create an avenue to discuss human condition. Hence, for Ducournau, the film actually raises questions about human condition, particularly about mortality and death representation. Ducournau’s goal was to make the audience react physically. Needless to say, she accomplished her goal. When asked why she chose cannibalism as the palpable subject of her film, Ducournau said that she wanted to create a really likable and agreeable character who makes a largely considered inhumane act in the middle of the film. She wanted the audience to understand the character’s roots and empathize with her. Ducournau’s parents are both medical professionals. In preparation for Raw, she studied and observed how professionals teach students how to handle animals and how they teach about their anatomy. During the filming of the film, she placed the actors in real-life situations. Some actors expressed apprehensions about the scenes, but thankfully, the actors enjoyed and no one fainted during Raw’s filming. Responding to the extremity of the film, Ducournau said the film was far from extreme. According to her, asking someone to take his/her clothes off in a lake during winter is extreme because it’s uncomfortable. Even if it was temporarily disgusting for the actor, nothing was really at stake.
about the movie
Raw (French: Grave) is a 2016 French-Belgian horror drama film about a young veterinary student’s first taste of flesh that leads her to crave for more. It was written and directed by Julia Ducournau and Garance Marillier in the lead role.