The cinema is a unique experience, which appeals to glimpse the viewer, entertain him and provoke various feelings in him. While there are many movies, especially popcorn ones, that primarily seek to make you have a good time, there are others that create a unique experience.
A director who stands out for his originality and for the peculiar experiences he provokes in his viewers is the Greek filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos. His cinema is a sample of a peculiar universe where his creativity and talent dazzle. Without a doubt, all of his films take the viewer to a strange place, at uncomfortable moments, and he presents stories that are very out of the ordinary.
He is best known today for his work on The Favorite, a dramatic comedy starring Emma Stone, Olivia Coleman –whose performance won her an Oscar–, Rachel Weisz and Nicholas Hoult. The film released in 2018 was critically acclaimed in various aspects, from the script, the direction, the performances and the photography. And this film led him to be internationally recognized. However, his previous works had already attracted attention, in particular, The sacrifice of a sacred deer. This title is available at HBO Max and provoked divided criticism, many loved it; others hated her. In addition, it has an amazing cast led by Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic and a brief appearance Alice Silverstone.
in 2017 Colin Farrel would join Yorgos Lanthimos again, after his work in The Lobster (2015). In The sacrifice of a sacred deer Lanthimos stars a family, the Murphys, whose patriarch, Steven, is a successful medical surgeon. Thanks to his work, he manages to provide a comfortable life for his children and wife, however, a death on his operating table will completely change his life. Steven, after losing a patient, feels guilty and establishes a relationship with the son of the deceased, a teenager who at first glance seems to forgive him. He first begins by giving him expensive gifts, he invites him to eat until he invites him to meet his family. In this way the young orphan begins to relate to the Murphys, especially with Steven’s daughter. With the arrival of this new character, the family begins to face certain anomalies, one of his sons falls drastically and inexplicably, until finally, Steven must make a decisive decision.
The sacrifice of a sacred deer It is not a traditional or enjoyable film, it has a slow pace, things happen without much explanation and the viewer is uncomfortable at all times. It is true that it is more bearable than previous works by the Greek director, but it is still a story that needs the viewer’s full attention, it must be consumed consciously and with an open mind. If you are not an avid consumer of this type of cinema for several moments you will not understand what is happening or what happens to the characters, but The sacrifice of a deer It pretends to be strange, with confusing dialogues and that makes it enjoyable.
This psychological horror and drama film is very attractive, it has very careful photography and direction, the plans are designed down to the last detail to convey the feelings of the characters and the constant tension. It may seem incomprehensible, but The Sacrifice of a Sacred Deer is inspired by an old Greek myth, it also focuses on madness, violence and obsession taken to extremes.
Unlike his other films, this one does not have black humor or comic situations, on the contrary, at all times it is a dense film, with few dialogues, strange and incomprehensible situations.
As we mentioned before, the cinema of Yorgos Lanthimos is peculiar and different, it is not for all types of spectators. In any case, it is an interesting, disturbing film, for those who love to be surprised, looking for a special and peculiar experience, The sacrifice of a sacred deer It is a surprising option within the catalog of HBO Max.
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