The Killing of a Sacred Deer (review)

The Killing of a Sacred Deer (review)
The Killing of a Sacred Deer (review)
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Colin Farrell plays a cardiovascular surgeon who takes a fatherless teenage boy under his wing (the appropriately creepy Barry Keoghan). Things get bizarre when the conflict between their relationship and his own family (including wife Nicole Kidman) goes in unfortunate and unexpected directions. The characters maintain the stilted stiffness and minimal emotions that director Giorgos Lanthimos adapted for his first equally unusual film (The Lobster). He also embraces an uncomfortable style, a deliberate pace and an eye for eccentric vantage points. There’s an unnatural discomfort that pervades the film and it only accelerates as the unfortunate circumstances progress. The abrupt and intrusive music exacerbates the movie’s determination to make the experience uncomfortable. Some watching this prolonged, painful, somewhat pretentious process will appreciate the appropriately weird approach.


3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)


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