Grave [Raw] (2016)

Grave [literally: grave in the sense of severe, not in the sense of burial]
Director: Julia Ducournau
Writer: Julia Ducournau
Cast: Garance MarillierElla RumpfRabah Nait OufellaLaurent LucasJoana Preiss
Seen on: 1.7.2017
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Plot:
Justine (Garance Marillier) is excited: she finally gets to follow her sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf) to university to study veterinary medicine. But the Alexia Justine meets there is not the sister she remembers, and she’s definitely no help with the hazing rituals that mean that strict vegetarian Justine is forced to eat meat. Eating meat has unforeseen consequences for Justine and starts a transformation process for her.

Grave had me hooked from the get-go and I found it extremely engaging, even when not everything about it worked for me. But it’s a strong film, especially for a first feature, and definitely worth seeing.

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Alleluia (2014)

Alleluia
Director: Fabrice Du Welz
Writer: Fabrice Du Welz, Romain Protat, Vincent Tavier
Cast: Lola Dueñas, Laurent Lucas, Héléna Noguerra
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard Morrissey.]

Plot:
Gloria (Lola Dueñas) has been living a very quite life with her daughter. Her friend convinces her to go on a date with Michel (Laurent Lucas) whom she finds through a dating website. Gloria agrees after a while, the date goes great and they spend the night together. But after giving Michel some money to help him out with his job, Gloria finds out that is actually how he makes a living: getting money from lonely women. But by then it is too late: Gloria has fallen head over heels and is determined to make it work, whatever it takes. And once she makes that clear to him, Michel is equally unwilling to let Gloria go.

Alleluia did have interesting moments and a cool set-up but everything was weird and nothing really worked for me.

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