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

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Ireland | UK

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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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Dolby Digital

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1.85 : 1
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Second collaboration between Yorgos Lanthimos and Colin Farrell, the first being The Lobster (2015). See more »

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Martin: [at his physical exam] Can I tell you a secret? But don't tell her I told you. I think she... I think she likes you. I mean, she's attracted to you. But she says that's not true, but it is, I'm sure. And, to be honest, I think you're perfect for each other. You'd make a great couple. She's got a great body. You've seen it for yourself. She lost weight and she has a really great figure.
Steven Murphy: Your mother is very beautiful, but the idea that she and I could ever be together is ludicrous. Let me remind ...
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How Long Will I Love You
Words and music by Mike Scott
Published by SM Publishing UK Limited
Performed by Ellie Goulding
Courtesy of Polydor UK Ltd.
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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A film that tries so hard to be weird and unique that it forgets to be a good movie in the process
11 January 2019 | by ThatSlackerOnSci-FiSee all my reviews

I'm usually a fan of independent or concept films much like this one. I love Greek mythology and what could be considered as surrealist films, they are some of my favourite in fact but whilst this film is shot beautifully and has some great music, by the end of the film, I just couldn't see more in it than as a pretentious mess which has an interesting concept but entirely wastes it in the effort to be considered as strange.

I won't go into the story because its simple and like Eraserhead, its the least interesting part of the movie. Unlike Eraserhead, however, it actually has no subtext to back up the reason for creating the movie rather than adapting Greek myths into the modern day. It's a simple revenge story with supernatural themes that is never explained but is only shown to the smallest of degrees. This tell don't show is also a big reason for why I couldn't get into the movie. It tells you about this briefly but it never goes into that story to any significant degree, not even in a way to keep it subtle.

The worst part really is that there's some very good scenes that get their very disturbing feeling but the pacing and how dramatized to the extreme some of the other scenes are, I just couldn't take the movie seriously for a big portion of the run time. It's even worse because I wanted to love this movie, maybe I should give it another try and think it over a bit more but I just keep questioning why it just didn't interest me in the characters or the story which just makes the surreal and disturbing elements feeling just feel like filler.

In short, I didn't hate it but couldn't like it or love it even as a huge lover of art-film and surrealist film in general. Maybe it just wasn't just right for me. There's scenes I like, the beginning is great but as it went along, I just got less interested with each passing minute of the film's progression. All this ending with a diner scene so pretentious that it nearly ruined the whole movie for me, it was just film-student like quality in a film that started off incredibly unique and interesting. But even though a film is unique and can be disturbing doesn't mean that its good and here it sadly wasn't the case, at least in my opinion.

This is probably going to be a controversial review but I expected so much more from this director from his other work but this just disappointed me more and more as it went along.


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