The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Alicia Silverstone
Country of Origin: UK-Ireland 2017 121 mins. (15)
Released by Curzon Artificial Eye
Amusing, surreal, infused with the absurd and wrapped in deadpan delivered dialogue, Yorgos Lanthimos's latest can't help but intrigue.
Cardiac surgeon Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) could be labelled a success, happily married to Anna (Nicole Kidman), a respected ophthalmologist and with two children Bob (Sunny Suljic) and Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Some would say it's the perfect family. So why would Steven befriend 16-year-old Martin (Barry Keoghan), give presents to the boy, visit his home, meet his lonely mother (Alicia Silverstone) and introduce Martin to his family? Their relationship isn't sexual, it's one built on guilt and Martin demands a sacrifice to be made otherwise Steven's family will sicken and die. The game begins.
Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthimis Filippou's screenplay infused with black intent and delivered in a deadpan style by a stellar cast with a touch of the absurd, prods and provokes as it clinically delivers a beautifully shot (cinematographer Thimos Bakatakis), unnerving morality tale. Bizarre, game playing and sinister. Some may find it not easy going, but it's intriguing, fascinating cinema. JJ 11th October 2017.