The Killing of a Sacred Deer - Movie Synopsis & Plot
Dr. Steven Murphy (Colin Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife Anna (Nicole Kidman) and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljian) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Barry Keoghan), a fatherless teen who Steven has covertly taken under his wing. As Martin begins insinuating himself into the family’s life in ever-more unsettling displays, the full scope of his intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter the Murphy family's domestic bliss.
The Killing of a Sacred Deer opens where most stories close - an open chest cavity with a still-beating human heart. This precious and mythological organ now exposed for what it is, a homely, single-minded piston hammering life into its host. We must wonder how long it can continue to hammer away being exhibited to the open air as it is. Is an open heart like a fish trapped on land? Will its rhythm soon fall out of time and slow? Will it finally stop altogether? We can't escape the feeling that it will.
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