The Killing Of A Sacred Deer
Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell play a couple whose family is threatened in The Lobster director Yorgos Lanthimos’ deadpan satire.
Surgeon Stephen Murphy (Farrell) leads a contented if uneventful life with his wife (Kidman) and two children (Raffey Cassidy and Sunny Suljic). Enter Martin (a superb Barry Keoghan), a teenager who befriends Stephen before revealing his real intentions. Yorgos Lanthimos’ cool, detached gaze deconstructs the American Dream to brilliant effect, cementing his position as one of the most original contemporary filmmakers. And after his impressive performance in The Lobster, Farrell once again proves to be the perfect foil for his filmmaker, with Kidman, Cassidy and Suljic equally good. By turns unsettling, blisteringly funny and, ultimately, shocking, The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a Greek myth for the modern world.
★★★★★ “The weirdest, most mesmerically unsettling film of the year” - Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
★★★★★ “A high-tension Hollywood thriller that’s been beaten over the head by the works of Ingmar Bergman on crystal meth” - Kevin Maher, The Times