Compared to his previous films, Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Lobster” was a pretty tame affair — there was only the occasional blinding or dog-kicking, with a rather sweet love story and some bone-dry humor the dominant notes. But expect the balance to be redressed, as the title might suggest, with his new movie, “The Killing Of A Sacred Deer.”
Reuniting the Greek helmer of “Dogtooth” with star Colin Farrell (with Nicole Kidman and “Dunkirk” breakout Barry Keoghan joining the cast), Jess described it in Cannes this year as “a film of clean hands, cold heart, and near-Satanic horror,” and also as being “absolutely fucking brilliant.”
While it revolves around the intrusion of Keoghan’s malevolent teen into the life of Farrell’s surgeon, it doesn’t paint the character as a pure villain. “We didn’t set out to create such a specific association or atmosphere — it was mostly about trying to make this young boy, this teenager, feel both as a young, innocent boy and as someone who’s very mature, with tremendous power over other people,” Lanthimos told the Atlantic. “We’re trying to create a balance, which you don’t find every day in life. We didn’t want him to appear as evil or naïve; we wanted an ambiguity, with elements that you understand. Up to a point, you go with him, and you identify with him and his pain.”
And you can get more from the movie, which is also screening at TIFF this week, thanks to a new trailer released by A24 today. We can’t wait, and the best news is we’ll be getting more Lanthimos in 2018, with his period drama “The Favorite,” starring Emma Stone and Olivia Colman, already in the can.
Read the official synopsis, and see the trailer for “The Killing Of A Sacred Deer,” below. The film opens on October 27th.
Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljian) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family’s domestic bliss.