Netflix Gems: RAW
Netflix has some awesome movies, but let's be honest, sometimes it's hard to wade through all the garbage. So, I thought I'd make a point to post when I happen to stumble across some of the diamonds in the rough. These are not reviews. This is just me yapping about films I got some form of enjoyment out of, and letting you know why you may or may not like it too--no spoilers.
What is it?
It's a 2016 French-Belgian horror drama, written and directed by Julia Ducournau, and starring Garance Marillier. -- RAW Wikipedia
Why I liked it, and why you may like it--or hate it:
- It's a coming of age story--with cannibalism.
- There's some pretty nifty gore, but the story keeps it engaging and prevents it from being nothing but gore-porn.
- It's beautiful. There are many vibrant, eye-catching stills.
- It's crazy. On occasion I like having to suspend disbelief with a tad bit of effort.
- There's definitely a few WTF scenes... OK, no, there's a LOT. But, none of them pull you out of the story, only further in.
- The movie SHOWS more than TELLS--and almost to an extreme. But, it's done well in communicating the narrative. Less dialog and more silence as we SEE how the characters are reacting.
- It's thought provoking--if you're into that kind of thing. There's definitely some themes and symbolism to dig into if you want. I'm sure one could extract all sorts of messages from the film.
So yeah. Check it out if you're into that sort of thing.