The Killing of a Sacred Deer
D: Yorgos Lanthimos; C: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone; Ireland, Great Britain, 2017; 121'
For his second English-speaking film, Yorgos Lanthimos again cast Colin Farrell, but went down a much darker path than in The Lobster. Best Screenplay Award at 2017 Cannes FF.
Steven, an eminent cardiothoracic surgeon is married to Anna, a respected ophthalmologist. They are well off and live a happy and healthy family life with their two children, Kim, 14, and Bob, 12. Steven has formed a friendship with Martin, a fatherless 16-year-old boy whom he has taken under his wing. Things take a sinister turn when Steven introduces Martin to his family, gradually throwing their world into turmoil and forcing Steven to make a shocking sacrifice or run the risk of losing everything.
"When we started writing the script and thinking about the story, we discovered there were some parallels with the tragedy Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides, and I thought it would be interesting to have a dialogue with something that is so ingrained in Western culture. In life, there are people who come up against huge dilemmas, and the concept of sacrifice raises a significant number of questions about everything." (Yorgos Lanthimos)