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The movies to see in April

By Francine Stock   April 2017

Raw On release from 7th April

French-Belgian director Julia Ducournau’s remarkably poised debut might have proved a bloody mess. When Justine (below) arrives at a provincial university—alma mater of her parents, who are softly spoken vegetarians—she undergoes brutal hazing rituals. The trauma unleashes a horrifying reaction, yet Ducournau’s cool style elevates gory genre to a surprisingly tender exploration of female anxiety about the body and relationships. Raw (in French Grave) may have attracted prizes for its writer/director at Cannes but it’s the lead performance by Garance Marillier that is memorably incisive.

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