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The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

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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.

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After the untimely death of 16-year-old Martin's father on the operating table, little by little, a deep and empathetic bond begins to form between him and the respected cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr Steven Murphy. At first, expensive gifts and then an invitation for dinner will soon earn the orphaned teenager the approval of Dr Steven's perfect family, even though right from the start, a vague, yet unnerving feeling overshadows Martin's honest intent. And then, unexpectedly, the idyllic family is smitten by a fierce and pitiless punishment, while at the same time, everything will start falling apart as the innocents have to suffer. In the end, as the sins of one burden the entire family, only an unimaginable and unendurable decision that demands a pure sacrifice can purge the soul. But to find catharsis, one must first admit the sin. Written by Nick Riganas

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R for disturbing violent and sexual content, some graphic nudity and language | See all certifications »

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3 November 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mise à mort du cerf sacré  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$115,120, 22 October 2017, Limited Release

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$2,291,901, 28 December 2017
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Though their characters are two years apart, Raffey Cassidy (Kim) is ten years younger than Barry Keoghan (Martin.) See more »

Quotes

Steven Murphy: Do you think your mother is proud of you? Do you think she is happy that her beloved son is a murderer?
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Features Groundhog Day (1993) See more »

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The Gherkin Train
Performed by Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles
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Pretentious and terribly directed.
25 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

OK, I get the Greek mythology link in the title. That is pretentious for a start. But the film is completely confusing. Is it a horror, a thriller, a mystery? Are there special powers involved? Is the main character himself insane and much of the action his imagination? There are no hints at all. The characters are all brain dead. Hardly a meaningful statement or emotional reaction over 120 minutes. Close to the worst film I have ever seen. And at the ending will leave you completely unsatisfied.


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