Killing Fields (Movie Thoughts: The Killing Of A Sacred Deer)

kil‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’ is directed by Yorgoss Lanthimos, who directed ‘The Lobster.’  I cannot remember if I liked ‘The Lobster,’ (I guess I did, because I rated it four stars on Letterboxd) but I still remember that movie vividly – its weirdness was both amusing and disturbing.

I feel the exact same way about ‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer.’ here I am, almost a day after seeing it and I can still see some scenes vividly in my head. I am still thinking about the ending, and last night I started to google what other people thought about it. I know the initial inspiration is from a Greek tragedy (Iphiginia in Aulis) but the film is very modern, and it plays with your mind. I know if it should play like a dark comedy, but for me it is just dark and disturbing. It isn’t horror in the strict sense (I was apprehensive in seeing it because of that) but it scares you.

Colin Farrel is fantastic, and is in the center of the piece. He plays a doctor who befriends the son of a patient who dies on his operating table. From the beginning you know there is something ‘off’ about their relationship, and if I say more it would be a spoiler. And is there a more fearless actress than Nicole Kidman. She is fantastic here, as the wife who sees her family disintegrate before her eyes. And Barry Keoghan is a revelation here – innocent, creepy, that little kid you thought you could squash but is more than a menace. There are some unbelievable circumstances in the plot here, but in these actors’ hands, you just go along for the ride.

I don’t know if everyone will like this movie, of course. But I bet it will creep you out, and I bet, like me, you will be thinking about it days after seeing it.

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