Synopsis: This surreal erotic thriller is set in a flesh-filled and violence-prone butcher shop. A large, lustful butcher, used to living out his sexual fantasies in the shop, becomes interested in Roxy, his young female apprentice. The girl, documenting everything with a video camera, enthusiastically gets involved with him. But when the butcher is murdered and a police inspector, who looks exactly like the dead butcher, investigates the crime, the story takes on a dreamlike quality. A visually explicit, beguiling tale – think Peter Greenaway’s The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, meets Gaspar Noé’s Carne by way of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s Delicatessen.
Jasper van Beusekom
Rotterdam Film Festival - Netherlands
Sitges Film Festival - Spain
L'Etrange Festival - France
“Everything about this movie is dark and bleak, and surreal, but it’s still pretty great to look at. There are lots of artsy, almost hallucinogenic shots to follow….I should mention that there is a lot of urinating in this film. Again, I think the filmmakers were going more for an artsy flick than a more serious film, and that’s a shame since the cinematography is so mesmerizing. I found myself asking, is the detective really the butcher? Is the butcher the detective? Is the butcher really dead? What does it all mean?” - HorrorNews
“For those who prefer cerebral arthouse horror, MEAT is a pallid-colored puzzle box that deserves a decent after-movie discussion and possibly even a repeat viewing. Decidedly European in its approach, it is a twisty, sexually-charged character piece. The film takes its time, doesn’t overexplain, and revels in silent moments.
Directors Victor Nieuwenhuijs and Maartje Seyferth allow their actors to inhabit long takes, developing complex characters through subtle, exacting performances. The scenes play out with a quiet authenticity, unencumbered by edits. The result is phenomenal, naturalistic work from the entire cast, but particularly haunting performances by Titus Muizelaar and Nellie Benner as the leads. The film, written by Seyferth, sits in the muck and meditates on the stickier aspects of sexuality and death, including cruelty, lust, perversion, rape, consent, suicide, and murder. 3 out of 4 stars." - TheClevelandMovieBlog
“Comes across as something like a very, very Dutch Donnie Darko on one thousandth of the budget and with an unrepentant sociopath for a writer.” - TheSlaughteredBird