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The Killing of a Sacred Deer

A surgeonā€™s (Colin Farrell) mysterious relationship with a teenage boy (Barry Keoghan) results in a prediction that his family will die unless he ā€balancesā€ an incident in his past. Yorgos Lanthimos and his co-writer continue in the same vein as The Lobster (2015) ā€“ an absurd story told in an amusingly rational way, which is specially clear in the dialogue, blunt and always delivered in a monotonous tone. Itā€™s not the first time that a story by the two writers have supernatural elements, but even that is treated like a natural part of these peopleā€™s lives. The cast is certainly game, even the children, right up to the inevitable, dark ending.

2017-Britain-Ireland. 121 min. Color. Produced byĀ Ed Guiney, Yorgos Lanthimos. Directed byĀ Yorgos Lanthimos. Screenplay: Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou. Cast: Colin Farrell (Steven Murphy), Nicole Kidman (Anna Murphy), Barry Keoghan (Martin), Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Alicia Silverstone.

Cannes: Best Screenplay.

Last word: “Thereā€™s much more movement than in any of my previous films. I never think about it much, the visual aspect of it, until we start making the movie. I donā€™t really think about it when we write. When we finish, and I start putting the film together, and we pick the locations, I do think about that a lot. On this one, I just felt the need for the camera to be almost like another entity, in some ways. Like thereā€™s another, otherworldly presence ā€“ very discreetly. I thought of these high angles, or very low angles, with the camera following people around, creeping from below or above. That was the initial feel that I thought was fitting to the whole story.” (Lanthimos, The Atlantic)



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