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An innocent young vegetarian (Garance Marillier) eats raw meat as part of a college hazing ritual and develops a taste for it—humans in particular. Written and directed by Julia Ducournau, this gruesome French horror flick (2016) functions more as a mystery than as an action film, with an endless drip drip drip of revelation that gradually exposes a terrifying world behind the everyday. Ducournau uses the heroine's cannibalism as a metaphor for sexual desire, following her through the predatory campus party scene as she discovers the gustatory delights of lovemaking and the peril of taking a bite. The movie is a weird stew of ideas—social, sexual, psychological—whose indeterminacy only makes it creepier. In French with subtitles.


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