"The premise might remind you of any version of “Cape Fear” (except maybe the one from “The Simpsons”) or countless horror movies," A.O. Scott writes in the Times about Yorgos Lanthimos' movie "The killing of the sacred deer".
(Read the review here.)
I was not reminded of horror movies, yes a bit of Haneke but also of "Sophie's Choice" and "The deer hunter", but horror movies? Not really. Maybe I've not seen enough horror movies.
Mr. Lanthimos asks: what does an ordeal mean when there's no agent anymore responsible for the ordeal? Are we being punished, but for what exactly? Yes, an ordeal without horror is no ordeal. But what's an ordeal without meaning? Absurdism? Estheticism?