The title of this Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell film caught my eye for being so unusual. Then, I realised it’s the latest cinematic effort from Greek director, Yorgos Lanthimos – the man who gave us Dogtooth and The Lobster. I must admit, I didn’t care for either of these films as I felt they lurched from being potentially quirky and arthouse to utterly pretentious and meaningless within just a few short minutes.
The trailer opens with a young girl singing Ellie Goulding’s ‘Burn’ to Dunkirk actor, Barry Keoghan. From there, it proceeds to get even weirder. Colin Farrell appears as a Doctor, grappling with a patient who can’t seem to stand. There’s a suitably awkward dinner scene and title cards that promise a “full blown psychological horror.” Which I, having seen the aforementioned young girl crawl awkwardly down the stairs like the lassie from The Grudge, won’t beg to differ.
You don’t get much from the trailer, and the official plotline is listed as: “A teenager’s attempts to bring a brilliant surgeon into his dysfunctional family take an unexpected turn.” It certainly seems unsettling, with lots of searing strings and odd angled shots.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer is due out on November 3.