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The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

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).

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2 comments on “The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

  1. SJHoneywell
    03/15/2018

    I started watching this and walked away from it. I’ve never been a Colin Farrell fan, and this oddly-cadenced, completely unemotional version that he debuted in The Lobster and seems to continue here just raises my hackles.

    • Klaus
      03/19/2018

      While I adored The Lobster, I had some misgivings about this one. And while I won’t try to defend the merits of Lanthimos’s films, I will say that I do enjoy the style and how he approaches contemporary social issues. And I’m a sucker for absurdity.

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