Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.
That’s all IMDB gives us about the movie The Killing of a Sacred Deer starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell. The movie is directed by Yórgos Lánthimos, who is just plain nuts – I mean: did you SEE The Lobster? And the trailer below makes almost no sense. People are dropping to the ground with some weird paralysis. A young woman sings a disturbingly bland a cappella rendition of the Ellie Goulding song “Burn.” A teenage boy eats a huge mouthful of spaghetti.
“A surgeon never kills a patient,” Colin Farrell’s character huffs. “An anesthesiologist can kill a patient, but a surgeon never can.”
What does that even mean?
At one point a distraught looking Nicole Kidman expresses doubt: “I don’t understand why I should have to pay the price,” she says “… why my children should have to pay the price.”
As the scenes fly by and intensify, high-pitched, dissonant strings and a rolling timpani creep into the score.
Yorgos Lanthimos, directed the film from a screenplay that he wrote with Efthymis Filippou. It won the award for best screenplay at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.
In his review for Variety, film critic Peter Debruge wrote that the director “reveals the profound tragedy in what seems like a perverse horror scenario.”
The Killing of a Sacred Deer hits theaters on Oct. 27.
You probably just need to watch the trailer below and make up your own mind.