THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER
To watch a Yorgos Lanthimos film is to enter a world with its own bizarre logic.
In his latest film, The Killing Of A Sacred
Deer, the world’s unique rationale centres on ideas of justice and consequence. When surgeon and family man Steve (Colin Farrell) is judged to have failed in his duty to protect life, he must make an unthinkable choice to make things right. At once absurd and terrifying, the psychological dread that surrounds Steven’s decision-making process results in a deeply unnerving but often uproarious journey. Lanthimos’ social code – one that includes a lack of shame surrounding sex, the body and sharing impolite opinions – lead to a quick form of intimacy, which is often a source of surprising humour. As the unlikely source of Steven’s dilemma, Irish actor Barry Keoghan’s performance is revelatory, simultaneously charming and chilling, matterof-factly manoeuvring through the deliciously perverse twists and turns. A wonderfully terrible treat.