The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) MIFF Review

Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a heart surgeon who has a mysterious relationship with a teenage boy, Martin (Barry Keoghan). Martin meets Steven’s family, wife Anna (Nicole Kidman), daughter Kim (Raffey Cassidy) and son Bob (Sunny Suljic). And there’s Martin’s mother, played by Alicia Silverstone. And that’s all I’m going to say about the plot, because any further information will totally ruined the viewing.

What I will say is that it is totally in line with other films by director Yorgos Lanthimos – I loved Alps, which was screened at MIFF a few years ago, and The Lobster was amazing. This has that disturbing and unpleasant feel, along with a lot of humour, but very dark humour. Very, very dark and very, very odd and very, very wonderful.

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