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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Dr. Larry Banks
Herb Caillouet ... Ed Thompson (Hospital Director)
... Matthew Williams
... Kim Murphy
... Mary Williams
... Steven Murphy
... Martin
... Anna Murphy
Drew Logan ... Principal
... Martin's Mother
... Bob Murphy
Michael Trester ... Elderly Man
... Doctor (Abdominal)
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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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Opening Weekend USA:

$115,120, 22 October 2017, Limited Release

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$2,291,901, 28 December 2017
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Colin Farrell admittedly felt nauseous after reading the script for the film. See more »

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Martin: My mom's attracted to you. She's got a great body.
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Featured in Half in the Bag: 2017 Movie Catch-up: Part 2 (2018) See more »

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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 See 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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