I wasn’t sure at times what I was watching. From the opening scene, I knew I was in for something strange. I made several confused faces and spoke at the screen many times. That kind of reaction tends to happen when the writing is ambitious. I understand that now having watched the film.
Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell (with his salt and pepper beard) give extraordinary performances in a story that allows them to. Barry Keoghan is richly maniacal and speaks in a incredible beat. Raffey Cassidy sings “Burn” by Ellie Goulding that sets the haunting and breathless tone of the film. She is excellent. Sunny Suljic gives a astonishing performance.
Writers Yorgos Lanthimos and Efthymis Filippou create a world where consequences engrain in the psyche. Lanthimos, who serves as director, uses darkness and physicality with the graphic scenes.
I’ve got to get a doctor to show me how to wash my hands.