Film of the Day (06/26/18): The Killing of a Sacred Deer

 

Written By Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou
Directed By Yorgos Lanthimos

I’m not sure where to start with this one. One thing is for sure, I’ll never be able to forget it. Lanthimos has crafted something that is at once gorgeous to look at and begging to be looked away from. It’s extremely unsettling and unpleasant in stretches, but it has an odd, tractor beam-like quality to it, pulling you in while everything inside you says to run away. It’s a tragedy rooted in Greek mythology (I had to look it up), and the weight of the drama is overwhelming at times, but the shots are so well-constructed and the music so unyielding in its intensity that you can’t help but admire it. The themes of vanity, arrogance, punishment and atonement are front and center, and hard to ignore. I’m sure it will turn off large numbers of audiences, while others will herald it as a classic tragedy. If someone could make you pay for your sins by forcing  you to choose which of your own family members to kill (to “balance things out”), could you make that choice? Would you be able to live with it?

Currently available on Amazon Prime.

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