Tag: Yorgos Lanthimos

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** (out of 4)

WARNING: Spoilers in review.

In the history of film, the motif of female rivalry has provided fodder for showbiz satires (All About Eve), Westerns (Johnny Guitar), cult classics (Mean Girls), psychological thrillers (Black Swan), and Civil War dramas (The Beguiled) alike. By contrast, Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite takes us to the court of Queen Anne, an 18th-century English monarch. There, a duchess named Sarah (Rachel Weisz) and a maid named Abigail (Emma Stone) variously resort to insults, emotional manipulation, blackmail, firearms, and poison in their desperate attempts to become Anne’s one most trusted confidant.

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*** ½ (out of 4)

Given how frequently the word is tossed out, it might be lazy of me to say that Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer is original. But when it comes to someone like Lanthimos, there’s simply no adjective that better captures his style. This, after all, is the director who had teenagers stabbing cats and calling salt shakers telephones in the over-parenting dramedy Dogtooth – and who recently had bachelors turning into horses and dogs in the dystopian romance The Lobster. Now, in Killing, Lanthimos brings his wacky blend of absurdism and satire to the horror genre, telling the story of a surgeon named Steven (Colin Farrell) who strikes up an eerily close relationship with the son (Barry Keoghan) of a former patient.

From here, it’d be futile to try to describe Killing’s plot in more detail; as with Dogtooth and The Lobster, you have to see it to fully appreciate its surreal nonsensicalness. What can be said, however, is that Killing undoubtedly represents a step up in Lanthimos’ already-exceptional oeuvre.

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