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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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Yorgos Lanthimos
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barry G. Bernson ... Dr. Larry Banks
Herb Caillouet Herb Caillouet ... Ed Thompson (Hospital Director)
Bill Camp ... Matthew Williams
Raffey Cassidy ... Kim Murphy
Denise Dal Vera ... Mary Williams
Colin Farrell ... Steven Murphy
Barry Keoghan ... Martin
Nicole Kidman ... Anna Murphy
Drew Logan Drew Logan ... Principal
Alicia Silverstone ... Martin's Mother
Sunny Suljic ... Bob Murphy
Michael Trester Michael Trester ... Elderly Man
Ming Wang ... Doctor (Abdominal)
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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UK | Ireland | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

3 November 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Killing of a Sacred Deer See more »

Filming Locations:

Cincinnati, Ohio, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$115,120, 22 October 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,291,901, 28 December 2017
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Company Credits

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Element Pictures,A24,Film4 See more »
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's title comes from the ending of the tragedy Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides. See more »

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Quotes

Martin: I wanted to say one more thing, I'm really sorry about Bob.
Steven Murphy: It's nothing serious.
Martin: No, it is. They will all get sick and die. Bob will die, Kim will die, your wife will die, understand?
Steven Murphy: No, I don't.
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Soundtracks

Ex Exspecto, Sonata for Bayan Solo
Written by Sofiya Gubaydulina (as Sofia Gubaidulina)
(c) by Musikverlag Hans Sikorski GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg
Performed by Janne Rättyä
Recording licensed courtesy of Janne Rättyä
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It's not "weird" just to be weird, It's trying to show us something discomforting, that conventional movies CAN'T.
4 January 2018 | by Gregor_81See all my reviews

While The Killing Of a Sacred Deer will be dismissed by the mainstream, for it's very unconventional acting, pacing, and plot, for other's it offers a discomforting conversation on the dark reality of nature and justice. You aren't supposed to ENJOY it, you are supposed to appreciate it.

The intentionally cold and flat reactions from it's characters will turn many off, but give insight into empathy and trust. The subtraction and skewing of emotion allows us to get a closer look at ourselves and our expectations for coping with threats and loss. It's maddening and incredibly uncomfortable to watch, but that is it's aim and success. You have to stop wanting the movie to be what you want it to be, and start wondering why it is the way it is, if you want to take something away from it.

While the movie doesn't meet it's impact potential by missing some opportunities for heavier moments and more character development, it is still fascinating, challenging, and rewarding for an open mind.

For people that appreciate brain teasers like 2001: A Space Odyssey, Mulholland Drive, Borgman, Under The Skin, and Sleeping Beauty.


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