The Death of the Sacred Deer is a Philosophical Film

Zelma 2022-04-21 09:02:02

After an hour and a half of the movie, I wanted to say "you have to give me an explanation", why did I suddenly get paralyzed? What if the boy achieved his idea? Who is that boy? What was the heart surgery like? •••

At the end of the movie, "•••••" has no explanation.

In the last shot, in the cheap fast food restaurant, the boy meets the doctor's family. There was only a moment between them. Then, subtitles.

No explanation. There is no such thing as a "reasonable ending".

It wasn't until the next morning, when I revisited the plot of the movie, that I slowly seemed to know what the movie was trying to say. In what way.

(1) Let’s start with the final climax of the movie, where the doctor finally raised his shotgun, covered his eyes, pinned his hopes on “God’s will”, and hoped to escape his own guilt. Of course he couldn't escape, and neither could his family. They are "guilty".
(2) At the end of his own life, the doctor became the executioner, his youngest son's father cut off his beloved long hair; his wife, put on a black lace dress; The "dark boy" kissed his feet; his daughter tried to donate her body and abandoned her family to go to hell; the doctor himself finally fell into the endless abyss after remorse, annoyance, weakness, anger, and helplessness.
(See) Let's think about the details in the movie: the parents of this family are doctors by profession, and they seem to be the masters of the "human" part, and the heart surgery performed by the doctor is obviously more "life-dominant". mean. But in the face of his son and daughter who are dying step by step without any cause, he is like any ordinary person, or even worse, he has no countermeasures. seems so incompetent. In the face of a god-like existence, what can he do? Who is he?
(4) "You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against others. You shall not covet your neighbor's house, nor your neighbor's wife, servants, oxen or donkeys, and all that he has.•••", these Make a one-to-one correspondence with the characters (except the boys) in the film and connect what happened to them to the Christian commandments.
(Wu) The most important boy, who does he represent? On the surface, it seems that the life of the doctor's family has fallen into the abyss, and it all starts from him, as if he represents the darkness and the devil; but the film also seems to show that this boy is just a "messenger", he cannot interrupt the process, nor Without the ability to activate it, he struggled to explain to the doctor that he was faced with a choice and what it meant.

The next day, I learned that this is a film full of metaphors, and what he wants to express is not a story, but about religion. is a philosophy.

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The Killing of a Sacred Deer quotes

  • Martin: My mom's attracted to you. She's got a great body.

  • Steven Murphy: [about Martin] He's got issues. Serious psychological issues.

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