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Grave (2016)

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When a young vegetarian undergoes a carnivorous hazing ritual at vet school, an unbidden taste for meat begins to grow in her.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rabah Nait Oufella ...
La mère
Le routier
Marion Vernoux ...
Thomas Mustin ...
Chef du BDE
Marouan Iddoub ...
Bizut réfectoire
Professeur évaluations
Benjamin Boutboul ...
Vétéran cagoulé
Virgil Leclaire ...
Bizut couloir / Foot / Fin Coryphée
Anna Solomin ...
Vétérane couloir
Sophie Breyer ...
Bizute réfectoire
Danel Utegenova ...
Bizute toilettes


Justine is a first-year veterinary student. Her elder sister is studying the same course at the university. Justine was raised a strict vegetarian but, as part of the hazing rituals, is forced to eat meat. Initially this has adverse effects but she soon develops a craving for meat...particularly human flesh. Written by grantss

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Rated R for aberrant behavior, bloody and grisly images, strong sexuality, nudity, language and drug use/partying | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 March 2017 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Freaking  »


Box Office


€3,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,825, 12 March 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$508,425, 28 April 2017
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Julia Ducournau discovered Ella Rumpf, who plays Alexia, in Swiss German film Chrieg (2014). She did not realize she was a woman until after watching it. See more »


Adrien: You're up?
Justine: For breakfast.
Adrien: Putting on a barbecue?
Adrien: What do you eat?
Justine: Cereal.
Adrien: Cereal's up there.
Justine: I'm just getting milk, OK?
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Written by A. Perez, E. Perez, J. Faivre
Performed by Orties
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I prefer the movie "Ginger Snaps"
26 June 2017 | by See all my reviews

Now I've said in other reviews that I don't mind gross, bestiality, disturbing in films I watch. As long as it's not gross or sexual just for shock factor. However this was the most boring, unsexy, uncool, stupid movie I've seen in a while. I went from excitedly clicking on it and downloading and nibbling fries, to wondering what I'm gonna wear tomorrow. Once she started getting cannibalistic and going ballistic, ironically the movie got boring, haha. I'm sure that's when the movie was supposed to get exciting but I don't understand what her problem is, really. An hour, 15 minutes in, with 20 mins left, I don't understand yet why she's eating meat so obsessively, particularly raw unclean meat, and human meat? Other than the cliché insufficient excuse: "because she's losing it." OK, I get that, but WHY. I can infer all day, but what about doing your job as a script writer and filmmaker to answer every question your movie raises? What about an end goal? Was the purpose just to subject me to images that would damage my psyche? Why would someone do that? I mean, you learn how to answer a thesis in high school...maybe these filmmakers didn't go to high school.

See there's a ton of similar movies, even in France, about carnivorous self-harm and the pathology behind it is explored in the film. Even if the movie sucks in general the main idea was addressed. Whether the person hates their self, is being pressured, or is trying to get closer to their self, or is traumatized, or changing into a freaking werewolf like in Ginger Snaps, the reason someone breaks down mentally to the point where they start picking at their skin like it's infected is explained. Here, I don't know, the only explanation was from the university nurse or someone: "It must be food poisoning." So this movie is basically exaggerated vegan propaganda, or anti-vegan satire, or? What?

This movie is like Ginger Snaps meets Black Swan, except Black Swan is a bit tame and inhibited, but still manages to present itself as dark. This movie went way beyond the line Black Swan did with the gore and sexual scenes, and still was not dark nor scary, not even with that blasphemous rap song that apparently was helping her "transform" into a ravenous lust bot.

The only thing good about this is the attempt to link the location to the psychosomatic downfall of the main character. I think the university setting wasn't for just any reason. Like The Shining, the location drove him mad. It forced him to mentally cave into himself because he had no distractions in such a desolate place as that hotel, and once he was distracted he lost it. Here, she loses her mind at the university. She's without her controlling mom for the 1st time, so she's having separation anxiety, and her older sister is a piece of **** anyway as she didn't even welcome her to the school or protect her, nothing. All her sister does is act as a catalyst to the main character's internal fray. It shows how ****ed up hazings are and what trying to fit in away from home for vulnerable young people can do if you don't have a strong value system. She did not have such, she had her mom forcing ideas like not eating meat down her throat which is why she was able to literally get meat shoved down her throat by her second-in- line guide, her older sister, who is sick in the head. Maybe she wants to relate to her older sister, connect to her, by involuntarily becoming like her, to cope with being away from home and going against what she knows for social survival. However, as deep a thinker as I am, the movie did NOT address this or state this! Not in script, not in visuals. This is me trying to make the most of time otherwise wasted.

This movie wasn't even disturbing! It was worse than dammit Dogtooth. This was supposed to be scary and unsettling, huh, hence the little zoo porn stunts they keep pulling, the unnecessary gay sex, and of course the gore. But how with all of that, was it still boring?! It was. No idea why some critics have rated this so well, their pretentious egos must be getting stroked watching, rubbing their little chinny chinny chins at how profound and edgy they think this is, haha. It went from being a psychological breakdown of the main character, to some campus zombie f*ck fest, to some family cult.

One girl in the movie said to the main character who was ill: "Use two fingers. It makes the puke come up faster."

I think I'll do that.

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