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The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

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Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

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After the untimely death of 16-year-old Martin's father on the operating table, little by little, a deep and empathetic bond begins to form between him and the respected cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr Steven Murphy. At first, expensive gifts and then an invitation for dinner will soon earn the orphaned teenager the approval of Dr Steven's perfect family, even though right from the start, a vague, yet unnerving feeling overshadows Martin's honest intent. And then, unexpectedly, the idyllic family is smitten by a fierce and pitiless punishment, while at the same time, everything will start falling apart as the innocents have to suffer. In the end, as the sins of one burden the entire family, only an unimaginable and unendurable decision that demands a pure sacrifice can purge the soul. But to find catharsis, one must first admit the sin. Written by Nick Riganas

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R for disturbing violent and sexual content, some graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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3 November 2017 (USA)  »

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Mise à mort du cerf sacré  »

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$115,120, 22 October 2017, Limited Release

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$2,252,193, 12 December 2017
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Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell began working together on The Beguiled (2017). Only a few weeks later they wrapped filming on this film. Both films would go on to be in competition for the Palme d'Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and both would win awards in the official competition ("The Beguiled" won the Directing award for Sofia Coppola while "The Killing of a Sacred Deer" shared the Screenplay award with Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here (2017)). See more »

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Surgeon: [to his son] If you don't stop playing games, I will shave your head and make you eat your hair. I mean it. I will make you eat your hair.
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A thriller whose basic plot is as bad as a B-Horror movie
9 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

I went to see this movie with a couple of friends at a special screening, we are all fans of Lanthimos previous works, but when this movie ended we looked at each other and chuckled nervously in disappointment. A few people in the audience even left immediately after the end and one man a few minutes later gave the movie an ironic clap, people laughed. It was that bad.

The movie starts out really strongly, with all the daily awkwardness in human interactions Lanthimos can so easily portray and reshape. There's mystery, intrigue, the characters develop as the movie progresses, it delves into wider themes: the nuclear family, growing up, sexual awakenings and revenge. It is obvious Lanthimos sought to portray a "what if" situation in the movie that would make the viewer reflect on this themes, but the plot construction and thriller-like soundtrack and filming leaves the viewer demanding answers (like you normally get in the end of a thriller) or a twist. Instead the movie goes bland, it's extremely anticlimactic to the point of being comparable to bad horror movies where the intrigue goes nowhere.

A lack of answers to basic questions as to the function of Lanthimos universes is usual in his movies, but here it doesn't work: this isn't a dystopian family or society, the movie is set in a world that feels like our own, yet we aren't given any explanations for the surreal undertones this world can have.


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