Based on the million-selling Orange Prize winning novel by Lionel Shiver and directed by acclaimed film-maker Lynne Ramsay, We Need To Talk About Kevin is an emotional thriller starring Academy Award Winner Tilda Swinton, Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly, & Ezra Miller.Eva (Tilda Swinton) puts her ambitions and career aside to give birth to Kevin. The relationship between mother and son is difficult from the very first years. When Kevin is 15, he does something irrational and unforgivable in the eyes of the community. Eva grapples with her own feelings of grief... and responsibility. Did she ever love her son? And how much of what Kevin did was her fault? [show more]
When baby Kevin is on his way, Eva and Franklin, a young free-spirited city-dwelling couple are forced to move to the suburbs, a purportedly better place to raise a kid. From this first compromise the trouble begins to build; we are shown the gradual and painful proccess of Kevin being raised, him blinding his younger sister and pets being put down the trash waste disposal unit.
Lynne Ramsay gracefully carries the audience from an erie, suspensful drama further into a horror stary, with more dread with each scene, Tilda Swinton's perfectly subtle performance makes the film - I for one totally felt her gradual disappointment and frustration with Kevin as a son and with herself and a mother. Ezra Miller as Kevin is the role which completely brings the film alive though, with his dark and gleeful sinistery one almost feels that he is a very misunderstood cynic with a misplaced sense of humour, of course until the film's finale.
We Need to Talk About Kevin raises the endless and ever-pertinent debate of nature versus nurture, as well as making us all consider the nightmare sceneario all parents hold at the back of their minds. What makes the film unique is that it shows the constant and ongoing agony, guilt and shame that is passed onto Kevin's mother because of his own brutality and shows us the aftermath of his homicidal urges.
While dark and disurbing it should be said that Ramsay has also made a beautifully shot and artistic film. I certainly recommended viewing for any cinemaphiles, parents or casual viewers - though definitely not family viewing!
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Please note this is a region B Blu-Ray and will require a region B or region free Blu-Ray player in order to play A tormented mother grapples with feelings of accountability and intense grief after her troubled 15 year old son commits an act of violence that shakes their community to its very core Eva (Tilda Swinton) had a promising career when an unplanned pregnancy threw her life off balance though she selflessly put her own ambitions aside to give her son Kevin a good life From the moment Kevin was born there was a palpable tension between mother and son Years later as a teenager Kevin (Ezra Miller) snaps As the community recoils from Kevin and his family Eva begins to question whether or not she ever really loved her son in the first place John C Reilly co-stars in this psychological drama based on the novel by Lionel Shriver and directed by Lynne Ramsay (RATCATCHER MORVERN CALLAR)
Scottish filmmaker Lynne Ramsay directs this adaptation of the bestselling novel by Lionel Shriver. Tilda Swinton stars as Eva, the afflicted and angst-ridden mother who fails to bond with her son Kevin (played at the various stages of his childhood by Rock Duer, Jasper Newell and Ezra Miller) from his birth onwards. Now estranged from her former husband Franklin (John C. Reilly), Eva struggles to deal with her grief, isolation and feelings of responsibility after Kevin's sociopathic behaviour reaches new heights with a high school killing spree.