Date of Release: May 14, 2016
Companies involved: Petit Film, Rouge International, Frakas Productions
Director: Julia Ducournau
Starring: Garance Marilier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Naït Oufella, Laurent Lucas
Plot: A vegetarian girl that studies veterinary goes into the hazing ritual, where she’s forced to eat raw meat, awakening something dormant inside of her, something very primal and dark.
Review: From the very start, the premise of a female Hannibal Lecter is a refreshing touch, before this movie I’ve had yet to see a female flesh eater. I felt the family meal scene at the start with the Justine’s mom shocked face and very angry reaction when she sees her daughter tasting meat is already a foretelling, all starts small, like any building the character development is solid from the start in my opinion. The music was interesting and felt like a good complement to the scenes. The fact that we all harbor an inner beast to an extent helps relate the viewer to the movie and Justine’s struggle when first trying meat. The rash scene is a good touch to add realist and the nurse saying “oh It’s just food poisoning probably, you’ll be fine” makes it better. The look on Justine’s face when her roomie is “busy” is priceless, was a hilarious touch. The acting is quite intense and convincing, for example the hairball puking scene or the teacher stating that he’d rather see someone who fights their way in daily than a “straight A“kid. Another hilarious scene was the rooftop talking between Alexia and Justine, the sisters seemed far friendlier that at the start. The wax scene between the sisters was a bit over-acted, specifically I couldn’t buy how Alex fainted however I guess it was used a s a catalyst for the next scene where Justine finally has a new snack and her sister’s surprise when she wakes up. The spiral of decadence from star kid to what she becomes it delightfully done. All in all it’s a movie I recommend to anyone who doesn’t mind blood and has a taste for light gore along a love for dark, dark primal urges. If you don’t like blood, can’t stand blood or just can’t see an animal’s dissection just stay away that’s my word of advice. -Sophia Cynthia Cabral