“The Killing of a Sacred Deer” is a true tragicomedy

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COLIN FARRELL, the star of “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”, has been telling interviewers how traumatic it was to work on a drama as bleak as an unattended funeral. But he has also said that Yorgos Lanthimos, the film’s director and co-writer, views it as a rib-tickling comedy which would make a delightful double bill with “Anchorman”. Strangely enough, they’re both right. 

The reason why “The Killing of a Sacred Deer” is so gripping is that we are never sure whether we should be laughing or screaming at its nightmarish premise. Presented to us with clinical, Kubrickian clarity and understatement, it has the disturbing comic-horror atmosphere which swirls around some of the darkest British television comedies, such as “The League of Gentlemen” and Chris Morris’s “Jam”. But no one conjures up that atmosphere on the big screen quite like Mr Lanthimos, who has been unsettling audiences since he found festival-circuit fame with “Dogtooth” in 2009.

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