Director Yorgos Lanthimos delivers a deliciously dark psychological thriller with 2017’s The Killing Of A Sacred Deer. It’s a well-honed film with the clinical precision of a Stanley Kubrick film.
Colin Farrell is a surgeon with a seemingly prefect life, however he also has an odd little friendship with a teenage boy (Barry Keoghan). Nicole Kidman plays his wife, who accepts the boy into their lives, not worrying about the creepy nature of the relationship.
This is an off-beat atmosphere piece with a lot of lingering shots and stilted dialogue. The performances are good as far as they go, but this isn’t about realism. The film plays by it’s own rules but the lack of authentic emotion means there’s little emotional pay-off despite the fact it’s a well built piece of cinema.