So most of my friends are saying that the new movie "Killing of a sacred deer" is a metaphor or allegory.
And my response is "a metaphor" or allegory of what?
In my opinion at best it is something like a Greek tragedy that is taking place in the modern world. Martin plays the role of both oracle, but also wronged party declaring the punishment and having some kind of strange divine power. The gods (if they do exist) (which are exacting justice), are not actually visible or present... but the curse and dilemma is.
But I don't see the metaphor...
In response they have told me stuff like this:
Yes, it is true that allegory / transport is less intense in "Sacred Dear" than in "Lobster".
The director and the author use the curse as a mechanism to create the dilemma of the father: which of his family members would prefer to die.
The film could have a more realistic affair (eg three people who die and need instruments, but only two instruments available). Instead, he used this allegorical way, saying that your internal struggles and your guilty actions will haunt you. Sins could come back in the form of Karma or "divine punishment." Even the ancient tragedies were allegorical, since they used so much divine powers and divine interventions to talk about concepts such as family / honor / patriotism,
However, I really don't understand how the film can be called a metaphor and a metaphor to what? It is a tragedy signalling the risk of karma and justice to past sins...
But does this mean it is a metaphor? Wouldn't that make every story a metaphor if they try to convey some lesson or warning?
So is it a metaphor or allegory? I really feel it isn't but I'd like opinions/answers.
The only somewhat real-life example I can think of is having to decide between two identical twins as to which would receive an organ transplant. E.g. in the following article it ends with the quote:
"If their health status is the same, if their chance of benefit is the same, then they'll flip a coin," he says. "It'll be chance, I'm guessing. That's what they will do. And, hey, what other options are there?"
But I still don't feel that the movie is much of a metaphor or allegory. Unless ofcourse I don't really understand what an allegoric story is.