The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Panorama | Special Presentations
From the twisted mind of the man who gave us The Lobster, Yorgos Lanthimos, this is another wildly original, blackly comic, sinister and disturbing parable about what it means to be human. Colin Farrell plays Andrew, a brilliant heart surgeon whose happy home is threatened by a teenage interloper, the son of a patient who died under the knife. Martin (Barry Keoghan) tells him that to make reparations, Andrew must sacrifice one of his own family, son, daughter, or wife (Nicole Kidman), or lose them all. Suffice it to say, the creepy Martin leaves the surgeon in no doubt that he can deliver on his macabre threats. So: who to choose?
If the scenario smacks of a 90s revenge thriller, Lanthimos keeps us off balance by mixing suspense with surrealism and absurdity, delivering a ruthlessly controlled but utterly unhinged shocker that is funniest when it’s scariest, and vice versa.
"The rich vein of unsettling darkness and psychological unease that ripples like a treacherous underground stream beneath the absurdist humor of Yorgos Lanthimos’ work becomes a brooding requiem of domestic horror in his masterfully realized fifth feature."—David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
Best Screenplay, Cannes 17