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FLiCX: Killing of a Sacred Deer

Saturday, November 11, 2017,

  • Location: Belcourt Theatre

Dir. Yorgos Lanthimos Ireland/UK 2017 120 min. DCP

Sorry faculty and staff, this is a students-only invite as part of late-night programming. 

Note that this event ends about midnight. Participants should consider in advance how they will get to the theatre and return, safely. 

Students who commit to checking in with the FLiCX administrator by no later than 9:35pm may RSVP on this page for tickets purchased by the Dean of Students office. We will not be able to accommodate latecomers

Since seating is limited, we must remind participants of the following:

  • that if you RSVP in the affirmative, and your plans change, you are expected to log back in and change your status to “not attending;”
  • that Vanderbilt participants must RSVP for themselves, and may not be “guests;” and
  • that non-Vanderbilt guests are limited to one per participant.

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.

Lanthimos has crafted a sensational thriller brimming with unsettling humor and creeping dread, steeped in Greek tragedy, existential horror, Hitchcockian psychodrama, and riveting suspense. Darting confidently between genres to subvert our expectations at every turn, The Killing of a Sacred Deer firmly cements Lanthimos in the pantheon of world-class auteurs and marks him as a cinematic provocateur without precedent.

The Killing of a Sacred Deer is Lanthimos with the gloves off, and it makes the absurd, amazing The Lobster seem like a warm and cuddly experience by comparison….” —Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

“The rich vein of unsettling darkness and psychological unease that ripples like a treacherous underground stream beneath the absurdist humor of Yorgos Lanthimos's work becomes a brooding requiem of domestic horror in his masterfully realized fifth feature.“ —David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter