Acclaimed writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos, Oscar-nominated for his work on 2016’s The Lobster, returned in 2017 with The Killing of a Sacred Deer. The unsettling thriller, featuring The Lobster star Colin Farrell, Oscar winner Nicole Kidman and Dunkirk’s Barry Keoghan, is out on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow, but you can watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the film right now. Be forewarned: The clip is not safe for work, nor for life.
For those unfamiliar with Lanthimos’ latest, The Killing of a Sacred Deer’s synopsis is as follows:
Dr. Steven Murphy (Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon presiding over a spotless household with his ophthalmologist wife, Anna (Kidman), and their two exemplary children, 12-year-old Bob (Sunny Suljic) and 14-year-old Kim (Raffey Cassidy). Lurking at the margins of Steven’s idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Keoghan), a fatherless teen he 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.
Indeed, Steven and Martin’s relationship has clearly gone sideways in the disturbing film footage contained above: As producer Ed Guiney speaks to the film’s blend of darkness and beauty, a visibly shaken Steven holds a rifle to Martin’s head. Farrell comments on the singular structure of the film, recalling how certain moments in the film took his breath away—he does so just as a bound and beaten Martin takes a bite out of his own arm. The clip ends with Guiney musing on how each audience member will walk away from The Killing of a Sacred Deer with their own unique interpretation of what they’ve witnessed. What more can we ask from art?
The Killing of a Sacred Deer is out on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow, Tuesday, Jan. 23. Watch Paste’s exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the film above and read our review of the film here.