in about 100 words or less
Ireland/ UK/US 121m, Colour
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos; Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Alicia Silverstone, Bill Camp
Loosely based on the Greek legend of Iphigenia, The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a surreal psychological horror film about a surgeon whose guilt leads him to befriend the 16-year-old son of one of his deceased patients. As a consequence, the surgeon becomes the target of the young man’s anger. As a satirical social commentary on contemporary issues such as the lack of personal responsibility and the importance of retribution, Lanthimos has crafted a most interesting film that has, yet again, alienated audiences who had little or no previous knowledge of his unique style of film making (Klaus Ming March 2018).