Deer destined to be sacrificed

Ophelia 2022-04-21 09:02:02

The first time I watched "Death of the Sacred Deer" was at the public release of the empty body. The hospital was so clean and ruthless that I had the illusion that it was a morgue. The first shot of the film is a heart surgery, a bloody heart beating in front of the camera, and the fear brought to me by such a straightforward expression is even deeper than I have ever watched ghost movies.

This sense of ruthlessness continues throughout the first half of the movie. Everything in Dr. Steven's family is as orderly as the tableware in the cupboard, but it does not reveal a sense of hierarchy. When the wife poses on the bed in a poignant, almost pleasing pose, it is like a fragile bird being pinched in the palm of her master's hand. A father's preference for his daughter may have destined his son to be a deer sacrificed for the family from the very beginning. At the dining table, the mother complimented her son's long hair, but the father indifferently wanted his son to cut it, and the son refused the father's request. At the same time, the daughter also questioned the mother, is my hair not beautiful. A dinner fully expresses the contradictions in the family. The son will be sacrificed in the end, which may also stem from his resistance to his father.

Compared with the indifference in the family, Steven's initial attitude towards Martin even made me misunderstand that this was his illegitimate child. He initially paid more attention and patience to Martin than to all his family members. I think Martin should be somewhat moved, and he will no longer just want Steven to replace his father at first, and even encourage his mother to seduce him. It's just that Steven's refusal and anger finally angered Martin, followed by Martin's crazy revenge. The son's paralysis and unwillingness to eat are in line with Martin's curse on himself, but at this time Steven is still suspicious. The son was cooperating with Martin's liar, forcing his son to eat, mentioning his son and forcing him to walk. In the end, everything could not be changed, so he threw his son to the ground. Later, his daughter developed the same disease, which made Steven have to believe that Martin's curse was real. existing. In the days when my son and daughter were both paralyzed, my daughter once stood up because of a phone call from Martin. Seeing this, I felt like I was clearly telling me that my son would definitely be sacrificed. Anna once asked Martin why his husband's fault could not be borne by him, but Martin took a bite of himself and told Anna that an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth are the truth. Steven killed my father and should have sacrificed a family member to quell his anger. But I still think that Martin once gave me a chance to atone for Steven and asked Steven to fill the vacancy of his father, but Steven refused without thinking, so there will be a tit-for-tat revenge.

Compared with the indifference and calmness in the first half, the revenge in the second half is the continuous fermentation of contradictions, and it also begins to fill in the various holes dug in the first half. The patriarchal power has become the divine right little by little under the blessing of the curse. , decides the life and death of other family members, and all others can do is worship and accept.

At the end of the movie, when the bullet passes through the heart of the youngest son, heralding the end of the sacrifice and the breaking of the curse, it is not sadness but the relief of the surviving family. Their expressions and expressions all tell the story. Me, they finally breathed a sigh of relief.

In the end, it was still in the restaurant where Martin and Steven first met. The difference from before was that Anna and Kim were also with Steven this time. Under Martin's playful eyes, Kim ate the plate. The last family walked out of the restaurant, announcing that Martin's curse had completely expired. Here, Kim kept looking at Martin without any hatred in his eyes, and even the habit of eating food was the same as that of Martin before. I think Kim may have In the end, I still hope that Martin will take her away. Maybe Jin has always wanted to escape from her life, but she has always regarded Martin as a god who can take her away. Jin's performance in front of Martin made me seem to see a complex Stereotypes of Steven and Anna.

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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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