Fifth about The Seventh

The Killing of a Sacred Deer

The Killing of a Sacred Deer: if not for the admittedly odd choice of director Yorgos Lanthimos regarding the key of the performances, this retelling of a classic tragedy would be emotionally devastating; it already nearly is, in fact. The highly allegorical plot should not be taken literally, and it evolves with an ever-growing sense of unease and tension. In that regard, the unusual camera movements and location created by cinematographer Thimios Bakatakis, the unnerving sound design (which includes the dissonant musical cues) are very efficient tools. The performances are off-putting: cold, unemotional, robotic; they are not bad performances in any way, just very unusual, also adding to the mood to the film. The whole cast works well in that framework, Barry Keoghan being the standout.

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