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The Killing of a Sacred Deer

  • 2017
  • R
  • 109min
  • 73%
  • 7 / 10

Dr. Steven Murphy’s life begins turning upside down when he meets a fatherless teenage boy named Martin. As Martin begins to torment Murphy’s family with mysterious illnesses, Steven must make an abominable sacrifice.

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Lanthimos took the essence of the Greek tragedy Iphigenia at Aulis and turned it into an unsettling full-blooded horror. Iphigenia at Aulis traces back to 405 BCE. Agamemnon and his men find themselves unable to move forward from an island because Artemis has taken away the breezes they need to proceed to Troy. Agamemnon is given a chance to set sail on one condition: he must sacrifice his daughter. This comes as Artemis’s way of returning the favor to Agamemnon because he caused offense to Artemis for killing the latter’s sacred deer. Agamemnon then becomes embroiled in conflict as he must choose between keeping his daughter alive or have his family fall at the hands of his own soldiers. The Killing of a Sacred Deer was chosen as one of the competitors for the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival on May 22. It earned Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou the Best Screenplay Award at the ceremony. At the Sitges Film Festival, the film snagged the José Luis Guarner Critics' Award. The Killing of a Sacred Deer was theatrically released in the U.S. theaters on October 20, 2017.

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer is a 2017 psychological thriller film that follows a cardiothoracic surgeon whose life takes a disastrous turn when a fatherless teenage boy begins forcing himself into his life in unsettling ways. It was directed by Yorgos Lanthimos from a screenplay written by Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou. It stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic, Alicia Silverstone, and Bill Camp. It is based on the Greek tragedy Iphigenia at Aulis by Euripides.