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How the characters (and audience) reach this unlikely comic moment has everything to do with what's come before, in the stiff, formalized, pretence-laden world Lanthimos and co-writer Efthimis Filippou have created – or flensed away – for us.Steven and Anna (Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman) are a respectable couple with a couple of kids – Kim and Bob.Steven replies and asks about the maximum depth of Matthew's divers watch, explaining he's bored of his watch and is thinking about an upgrade.Afterward, Steven sits in a working-class diner with a 16-year-old boy.Later, as Anna's coming to bed, Steven says he'd like some more light.Steven agrees with her prognosis, so she deploys herself on the foot of the bed, faceup, as though unconscious.Steven puts down his reading material. "Hey," Martin says to Matthew.The mannered weirdness of the new film at times resembles Luis Bunuel's 1972 farce "The Discreet Charms of the Bourgeoisie" and less-playful seductive-vagrant films, like Alex Van Warmerdam's 2013 "Borgman".Farrell and Kidman are fine but the youngsters steal the show.Manipulative, deceitful, self-righteously, calmly vengeful, Keoghan's Martin is a well dislikeable character, one whose humanity emerges from Steven's desperate efforts to pre-empt the punishment the boy's decided the surgeon must choose for his family.
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