Movie Review by Siobahn Harris
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Did you ever read that book If You Give Mouse a Cookie when you were a kid? I did, I used to love it! If you gave a mouse a cookie, he wanted a glass of milk. By the end of the book you realized he was just a needy bastard, but you keep reading because damnit, he was cute! This movie reminds me of that book, If You Give a Vegetarian Meat, she’s going to want more!
Like always, let’s go over the basics first. This is a French movie found on Netflix, but don’t shy away from the subtitles because it is absolutely worth it! A young vegetarian girl heads off to college to join her sister in learning how to be a veterinarian. As a college freshman, Justine’s life (played by Garance Marillier) is filled with insane hazing that is similar to hostage situations that end in dance parties. Silly Freshmen, you don’t need beds! Things take a weird turn when the hazing includes forcing the freshmen to eat raw meat. While Justine did what she could to avoid this step, even pleading with her sister Alexia (played by Ella Rumpf) to explain that their whole family is vegetarians. However, her sister, in a sense, turns on her by forcing her to take part in the hazing. When she does, things take a dark turn. Soon she develops a rash that covers her body, but it’s only when her craving for meat starts that she really notices a problem. Her sister tries to help her from time to time but Alexia has very little patience for her little sister. Justine spends most of her time bonding with her roommate. Soon her cravings turn from simple meats like burger from the cafeteria to raw meat, but the crazy part is, she learns she isn’t alone in her new blood-filled world. After learning the tricks of her new life, she attempts to reject it but finds it a difficult task. Her first year of college is filled with embarrassment, pissy teachers, hazing, self-discovery, new love, the true meaning of family, and oh so many dark secrets. Let’s be honest, it’s just like normal college!
I loved this movie! It was intense, bloody, and it was the perfect amount of question mark (kept you guessing but kept you intrigued). I loved the interactions between the sisters because it seemed so real. The scene with them on the rooftop was one of my favorites because it was like watching two little girls just being stupid, which I feel we all need to do more often. Raw shows us our inner animal instincts that reveal themselves as a result of us rejecting what our bodies truly need. True Fear lives and breathes in this movie, people! I’ve watched it twice and if I’m being honest, I will probably watch it again. Do yourself a favor, watch it.