“I don’t understand why I should have to pay the price. Why my children should have to pay the price.”
So says Nicole Kidman in The Killing of a Sacred Deer, the next film from acclaimed Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos. Colin Farrell reunites with The Lobster helmer and his Beguiled co-star for an intriguing, very dark-looking drama that tells of surgeon who has a troubling relationship with a young man (Barry Keoghan).
There’s more to the plot, of course, but this one seems like the kind of film that is best entered knowing as little as possible. Indeed, the rave reviews the film has been receiving since Cannes – where Lanthimos took home Best Screenplay (tied with You Were Never Really Here) – suggest that this is one darkly humourous, devastating, disturbing psychological wallop that holds a number of turns best left for game viewers to witness on their own.
At least with critics and arthouse circles, Lanthimos has been making quite the name for himself as a filmmaker that embraces the odd and disconcerting. And things are looking good from the trailer; the visuals are strong, the tone is certainly uncomfortable, and using an unsettling a cappella version of Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” works a treat.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer, also starring Alicia Silverstone, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic and Bill Camp, will open in the U.S. on October 27 and arrives in Australia on November 16.