Found in: Trinity of Trash

Eating Raoul

classified 18

Trinity of Trash


Please note: This was screened in July 2024

Paul Bartel
Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel, Robert Beltran
90 mins, 1982, USA
Primary language

Paul and Mary Bland are your typical, middle-class, American couple. One works at an off-sale liquor store, the other a nurse at the local hospital, jointly saving toward their dream of opening a country-style restaurant.

Their economic twin bed existence is comfortably ordinary, until Paul loses his job. Suddenly their dreams hang in the balance.

One night, a drunken swinger mistakenly enters their apartment and attacks Mary. Paul – with an iconic weapon of choice – leaps to her aid, killing the man in the process. Reckoning no one will miss him, the couple dispose of the body and pocket the money in his wallet. Thus, a devious plot is hatched to finance their quaint ambition.

Played to perfection by lifelong friends Paul Bartel (who also directs) and Mary Woronov, Eating Raoul is a richly dark comedy levelled at consumerist culture.

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