Viewed – 02 October 2017 Online-rental
I think it can’t be argued by anyone familiar with French horror cinema, that they certainly challenge boundaries and cross lines on what is acceptable or even tolerable in a horror movie. The infamous Martyrs proved that and now we come to this latest, French-Belgian offering that quite literally goes for the jugular.
Justine (Garance Marillier), a gifted female student starts her first week at Veterinary school where she finds herself involved in a brutal hazing ritual. Whilst getting covered in Horse blood and generally abused by the seniors, despite being a devout vegetarian, Justine is pushed into consuming raw meat. However the experience unlocks a new found craving and it’s not long before Justine finds herself developing a hunger for human flesh.
Part coming-of-age movie, part sexual awakening with a twist … this gritty, somewhat tongue-in-cheek drama is equally distasteful and weirdly fascinating. The movie jumps from development to development a little too quickly for me, with Justine’s cannibalistic cravings coming as a bit of a leap. However with at times artfully stylish and unflinching direction from first timer Julia Ducournau – I couldn’t look away. Even during some of the sicker sequences, with a stomach churning finger-eating like it’s KFC scene almost reaching my limit. It never gets as gory as suggested though, but is effectively disturbing in it’s rather ‘matter of fact’ approach to something unthinkable.
Certainly not for a wide audience and well, left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth (no pun intended) … but as an example of daring, provocative movie making, this still proved effective.
Verdict: 3.5 /5
This is riding high in my top 10 of the year so far – great bit of film making (if you don’t mind a bit of gore)!
It’s a little too choppy narratively to get there for me, but I still got a lot out of it. Thanks for comment.