The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Yorgos Lanthimos
Production: A24
  2 wins & 30 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
121 min

(somber orchestral music)

(choral music in

foreign language)

- Nice watch.

- Thanks.

[Steven] What's

the water resistance?

[Matthew] 200 meters.

[Steven] And it's

got a date display?

[Matthew] Yes, it does.

[Steven] I might have

gone for a metal strap

- instead of a leather strap.

- Really?

[Steven] Yes.

I think I'd prefer

a metal strap.

I've had this one for years.

It's as good as new.

- What's the water resistance?

- 100 meters.

- How long have you had it?

- Nine years.

A little bored of it, actually.

I've been thinking

of getting a new one

for quite a while now.

[Matthew] Okay,

this is what we'll do.

We'll go to the place

where I bought mine.

If I tell them you're

a colleague, a friend,

they'll definitely

give you a discount.

Both the owner and his father

have been patients of mine

so I know them quite well.

Think about it.

(door latch clicks)

- Hi.

- Hi.

Sorry to keep you waiting.

Did you eat?

[Steven] I just

had some apple pie.

Do you mind if I go grab

something to eat before we go?

- I'm starving.

- Sure, no problem.

Are you sure you

don't want anything?

- Chicken wings or...

- No, thanks, I'm fine.

Do you have money,

I can give you some.

[Martin] No, I've

got money, thanks.

I'll be right back.

(patrons chatting)

- Did you get a haircut?

- Do you like it?

[Steven] Looks great.

Aren't you going

to eat your fries?

I'm saving them till last.

[Steven] Why?

I really like fries.

I always save them for last.

[Steven] I do that too.

[Martin] Sorry I was

late today, Steven.

[Steven] It doesn't matter.

[Martin] I was over

at a friend's house.

He got a new motorcycle,

I wanted to check it out.

He took me for a ride,

that's why I was late.

[Steven] It's fine.

[Martin] He even let me

ride it for a little bit.

[Steven] I hope you

were wearing helmets.

[Martin] Yeah,

of course we were.

We weren't going

very fast anyway.

I got you a present.

Thank you very much.

What is it?

What is it?

(sirens wailing)

It's very nice.

Can I give you a hug?

Thank you very much.

That's fantastic.

[Steven] It's water

resistant up to 200 meters.

[Martin] Does this come off?

I prefer a leather strap.

[Steven] It comes off, yes.

You can put on any

strap you like.

But metal are more hard-wearing,

that's why I got

you the metal strap.

It's more expensive, too.

(insects chirring)

[Bob] Dad?

If Kim goes to the

party, can I go with her?

[Steven] I don't

know, darling.

Your mother and I will

discuss it and we'll see.

I'd say they can go.

Claire is a very nice girl.

She's the girl you met at

the mall with her parents,

who asked about

becoming a doctor.

She's the one who wants

to be a cardiologist.

Yes, I remember.

[Anna] How was work today?


How about you?

I've decided to make

some changes at the clinic.

I think I'm going to get it

painted and buy a new couch.

Look at you, all

hunched over like that.

How many times do

I have to tell you?

You'll strain your back.

Your hair is Practically

trailing in your food.

Bob, you promised

me you'd get a haircut

and you still haven't done it.

- I'll get a haircut.

- Tomorrow.

Not tomorrow, Dad.

After the party.

[Anna] I like his hair long.

He has lovely hair.

- What about mine?

- You have lovely hair, too.

We all have lovely hair.

I bought that dress

that you liked.

I'll wear it for you tomorrow.

I can't show it to you

now, it needed alterations.

I'm picking it up tomorrow.

[Steven] The black one?

It was the black one

you liked, wasn't it?


The other one looked

great on you, too.

But I think the black

one was perfect.

[Anna] I'm worried

it's a little too short.

I'd like it better if

it were below the knee.

You look amazing, however

long or short the dress is.

Tomorrow I'm gonna

bake a lemon cake

and nobody's gonna

eat any of it but you.

- Not even the kids?

- Not even the kids.

Poor kids.

[Anna] Did I tell you

Bob announced the other day

that he wants to be

an ophthalmologist?

[Steven] Yes, you did.

Bob would be a coal miner

if you were one too.

Could you turn on some

more light, please?

General anesthetic?

[Steven] General anesthetic.

How's that?


(eerie music)


Look, I told you, best not

to come to the hospital

- without calling me first.

- I know, you're right.

I'm sorry.

I just wanted to

thank you again.

And to show you my new

strap I got for my watch.

I exchanged the metal

strap for a leather one.

I'm sorry.

I didn't mean to put you

in this awkward position.


[Steven] Martin.

Come here.

What kind of strap did you get?

- Brown leather.

- Show me.

- It's very nice.

- You think so?

Or are you just saying that?

I really like it.

Next time you want to come

here, please call me first.

You have my number.

It's for your own good.

I might be with a patient or

in surgery, or in a meeting.

There's no point in you waiting

around if I can't see you.

It's for your own good.

- Good morning.

- Good morning, Steven.

I have those test results.

Shall I leave them on your desk?

Please do, yeah, I'll take

a look at them in a minute.

- Great.

- We've got the same watch.

Let me introduce you.

This young man

is one of my

daughter's schoolmates.

I ran into Martin and his

parents at the mall last week.

He told me he's very

interested in medicine.

He wants to be cardiologist.

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Yorgos Lanthimos

Yorgos Lanthimos (Greek: Γιώργος Λάνθιμος, Giorgos Lanthimos; born 1973) is a Greek film, video, and theatre director, producer and screenwriter. more…

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