By Ryan Keating-Lambert
The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a psychological horror film that sees a surgeon (Colin Farrell) forced to confront a teenager responsible for inflicting a mysterious paralysis illness on his suburban family. A truly mesmerising exploration into the untapped taboo horrors of family life. ‘It’s mostly about justice, revenge, faith, and choice – the inability to decide necessarily what’s right and wrong when you’re facing huge dilemmas in life’ said director Yorgos Lanthimos (Dogtooth, The Lobster) at Cannes Film Festival this year, where the film was an Official Selection.
‘Sacred Deer’ boasts the Greek director’s same trademark wit and quick-fire dialogue seen in previous films. However, this latest film takes Lanthimos into art-house horror territory and is even being compared to the work of the great Stanley Kubrick. The film excels in pushing conventional horror boundaries with its unusual subject matter.
Colin Farrell returns to the Lanthimos universe after his lead role in The Lobster last year, and shines in the role of the charismatic father and surgeon Steven Murphy. ‘I definitely like working with Colin. It was an even better experience this time because we knew each other and it was easier for us to go further I think,’ said Lanthimos about the Irish actor. Nicole Kidman also gives a memorable performance as wife Anna, not to mention Dunkirk’s Barry Keoghan who plays the obsessive and truly disturbing teenage boy Martin.
Be2Can distribution will celebrate the film’s official release with an exclusive screening and party in Prague’s Kino Svetozor on November 1 at 20:30.
This will be the film’s official distribution release after it briefly screened at the recent Be2Can Film Festival a few weeks ago.
Feature photo: Film Pulse