The Killing of a Sacred Deer (image 1)

When absurdism feels this wrong, you know it’s being done right.

Robbie Colin, The Telegraph

The Killing of a Sacred Deer 2017

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos Big Nights

Reuniting with his Lobster director, Colin Farrell plays a surgeon, husband and father of two whose placid domestic life is slowly, insidiously disrupted by the persistent demands of a teenage stalker.

Ireland / UK In English
125 minutes DCP
R16
violence, cruelty & sex scenes

Director

Producers

Ed Guiney
,
Yorgos Lanthimos

Screenplay

Yorgos Lanthimos
,
Efthimis Filippou

Photography

Thimios Bakatakis

Editor

Yorgos Mavropsaridis

Production designer

Jade Healy

Costume designer

Nancy Steiner

With

Colin Farrell (Steven Murphy)
,
Nicole Kidman (Anna Murphy)
,
Barry Keoghan (Martin)
,
Raffey Cassidy (Kim Murphy)
,
Sunny Suljic (Bob Murphy)
,
Alicia Silverstone (Martin’s mother)
,
Bill Camp (Matthew Williams)

Festivals

Cannes (In Competition) 2017

Awards

Best Screenplay, Cannes Film Festival 2017

This new movie by the Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster, Dogtooth) is a meticulously wrought chiller, visiting the retribution of classical tragedy on a fatally flawed surgeon, played by Colin Farrell.

“The rich vein of unsettling darkness and psychological unease that ripples like a treacherous underground stream beneath the absurdist humour of Yorgos Lanthimos' work becomes a brooding requiem of domestic horror in his masterfully realized fifth feature, The Killing of a Sacred Deer. Reaching back to classical Greek tragedy for inspiration, this hypnotic tale of guilt and retribution provides an even more riveting role for Colin Farrell after his collaboration on the director's English-language debut, The Lobster. He's flanked by a never-better Nicole Kidman and a performance of chilling effectiveness from emerging Irish talent Barry Keoghan in a thriller that frequently invites comparison to vintage Polanski…

The new film's grim scenario of a family under dire threat will make it hard for some to watch. But the impressive rigor of its craft, the skilfully subdued intensity of the acting and the startling originality of the story will make the film unmissable for anyone who cares about bold filmmaking…

This is a movie that closes its grip on our fears by infinitesimal degrees, demonstrating that bone-deep, tightly clamped anxiety can be scarier than screaming terror.” — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

“A film of clean hands, cold heart, and near-Satanic horror, it was garlanded with boos at its Cannes press screening and it is absolutely fucking brilliant.” — Jessica Kiang, The Playlist


The runtime for this film was published in the Festival booklet as 109 minutes. The correct runtime is 125 minutes.