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

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$115,120 (North America) (22 October 2017)
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Sunny Suljic (Bob) is the only member of the Murphy family who is American in real life. Colin Farrell (Steven) and Barry Keoghan (Martin) are Irish, Nicole Kidman (Anna) is Australian, and Raffey Cassidy (Kim) is English. See more »

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Martin: My mom's attracted to you. She's got a great body.
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Interesting but tiring
2 November 2017 | by (Luxembourg) – See all my reviews

This is an interesting film, no doubt. It succeeds at building a psychologically oppressing atmosphere. Comparisons with Lanthimos' previous work, The Lobster, are unavoidable. The sense of absurdity, the tempo, the photography, the neurasthenic characters... In fact, a disappointing Farrell seems to be playing exactly the same guy. Personally, I had the same issue with both films. A promising beginning, but, after an hour or so, I just subtracted myself out of the action and started analysing the movie, way too much, more as a critic than as an spectator. And, for me, this is one of the worst things that can happen at the cinema...If you are into this kind of psychological horror, I would rather recommend Miike's Audition (1999). That, for one, if you can stomach it, would capture your attention from the beginning to the end (and even beyond).


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