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The Herald on Sunday - Sunday Herald Life - - TELEVISION & FILM Q&A/REVIEWS - By Da­mon Smith

The Killing Of A Sa­cred Deer (15)

Direc­tor Yor­gos Lan­thi­mos and co-writer Efthymis Filip­pou draw loosely on Greek mythol­ogy for a twisted and be­guil­ing moral­ity tale that tests a fa­ther’s love to break­ing point. Colin Far­rell and Ni­cole Kid­man de­liver haunt­ing per­for­mances as par­ents gripped by fear, while Barry Keoghan oozes right­eous rage as a son on a mis­sion to as­suage grief with a sac­ri­fice. A blackly hu­mor­ous scene with a shot­gun is a jaw-drop­ping flour­ish that re­minds us of the wri­ter­di­rec­tor’s abil­ity to smack gobs with­out strain­ing cred­i­bil­ity. Lan­thi­mos glee­fully plays with mad­ness and al­most nudges us over the edge of san­ity with the char­ac­ters.

The Son Of Big­foot (PG)

A bul­lied teenager’s tragic past is ex­posed as a lie in Jeremy De­gru­son and Ben Stassen’s com­puter-an­i­mated romp, which hangs a tra­di­tional rites-of-pas­sage story on the ex­is­tence of an un­tamed crea­ture from Amer­i­can folk­lore. The qual­ity of the an­i­ma­tion is solid, but char­ac­ter devel­op­ment is two-di­men­sional and the film’s bouf­fant arch-vil­lain isn’t re­motely threat­en­ing.

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