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Are vegetarian and vegans really cannibals attempting to live wholesome lives? RAW explores that notion. We meet Justine embarking on her college career in pursuit to becoming a veterinarian; her older sister, Alex, also attends the veterinary school. Justine was raised in a family of vegetarians but her mother seems a bit manic about it. It was subtle and a bit strange but no cause for any alarm. During the first week of classes, Justine and her classmates are hazed. From being awaken in the middle of the night to mattresses being thrown from windows to blood spilled on them, in addition to consuming raw rabbit kidneys which Justine protests. At this point, Alex steps in and force feeds Justine the kidneys. Things get interesting from here.
Soon after consuming the kidneys, Justine develops a skin rash, begins to consume meat, and exhibits curious behavior. First, she attempts to steal a hamburger patty to conceal her new habit, eats beef kabobs, and Adrian, Justine’s roommate, finds her at the refrigerator in middle of the night but doesn’t realize she’s eating raw fish. Then shit ramps up. Justine and Alex spend some quality sister time together and Alex give Justine and bikini wax. The wax proves difficult to remove so Alex grabs scissors to cut the remaining wax off Justine’s skin. Justine objects and kicks the scissors from Alex’s hand. In the process, Alex’s middle finger goes missing and she passes out. Once Justine calls for paramedics, she finds Alex’s finger and consumes it. Yes, she ate her sister’s f*cking finger, like it was a wingette and shit. Alex comes to and sees Justine eating her finger. Pure shock covers Alex’s face. Some scenes later, Alex shows Justine how to “hunt” for fresh meat.
Justine struggles with her hunger for human flesh while Alex becomes a bit out of control to the point that ends up murdering Justine’s roommate, Adrian. By the end of the film, Alex is in prison, because duh, and it’s revealed that their mother is a cannibal as well; hence her manic behavior about being vegetarians. She wanted to curb and control her daughters hunger for flesh.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this idea and the slow yet steady burn of the film. Basically I’m side eyeing every vegetarian and vegan I see.
*Note: This film is in French and subtitles are your best friend.