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The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

Directed by:
Yorgos Lanthimos

COUNTRY
Ireland/UK/France

Genre
Drama/Thriller

NORWEGIAN TITLE
The Killing of a Sacred Deer

RUNNING TIME
121 minutes

Produced by:
Ed Guiney
Yorgos Lanthimos

Written by:
Yorgos Lanthimos
Efthymis Filippou


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Steven Murphy Colin Farrell
Anna Murphy Nicole Kidman
Martin Lang Barry Keoghan
Kimberly "Kim" Murphy Raffey Cassidy
Robert "Bob" Murphy Sunny Suljic
Martin's mother Alicia Silverstone -
Matthew Williams Bill Camp -

 

Review

Yorgos Lanthimos takes inspiration from the classic Greek tragedy Iphigenia at Aulis by Euripedes, and places Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman in a gruelling situation as parents, in the wake of Farrell's newly-formed friendship with the peculiar teenager Martin Lang (played by Barry Keoghan). The film's otherworldly tension is supposed to tie in with your ethical sense and parental instincts, but after a fairly promising start, the film attains an academic, theological quality which makes this a detached and ultimately underwhelming viewing experience. The performers all seem to be too caught up with the symbolism to really connect with their characters, even though Lanthimos places them in and creates some gut-wrenchingly eerie set-ups.

Copyright 16.10.2022 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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