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WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN
Best Film BFI London Film Fest
Best Film London Film Fest
Best Film Cannes Film Festival
Best Actress European Film Awards
"A masterful film" -Roger Ebert
"Scottish helmer Lynne Ramsay is back with a vengeance" -Variety
"Intense and atmospheric...Swinton gives a raw, uncompromising performance" -Time
"A disturbing tale told with uncompromising emotionality and great skill...The Oscar-winning Swinton's gifts are, of course, no secret, but this is a special performance, even for her" -Los Angeles Times
"We Need to Talk about Kevin is thought-provoking, confident and fearless. Itís experimental but never alienating and horrific in all the right ways" -TimeOut London
"The movie toggles between two periods--before and after a catastrophe--and, were it not for Swinton's magnetism, it would be unbearable. Instead, you'll want to stay for the wallop" -TimeOut NY
"Beautiful and demonic...and the bad feelings it induces are likely to be accompanied by helpless and stricken admiration" -New York Times
Recommended! "Magnificent" -NewCity Chicago
A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller from director/co-writer Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher, Morvern Callar), We Need to Talk About Kevin explores the fractious relationship between a mother and her disturbed son. Tilda Swinton, in a bracing, tour-de-force performance, plays the mother, Eva, as she contends with the increasing malevolence of her first-born child, Kevin (Ezra Miller).
Based on the eponymous best-selling novel (winner of the Orange Prize for Fiction), We Need to Talk About Kevin explores nature vs. nurture on an entirely new level as Eva's own culpability is measured against Kevin's infernal compulsions. As the film artfully moves back and forth in time, Eva kaleidoscopically reflects on her tormented interactions with Kevin and her possible complicity. A once dynamic woman (and reluctant mother) who was forced to give up on her career, Eva now starts to question whether her resentment of Kevin and her husband (John C. Reilly), the largely oblivious partner in a bad marriage, could have ruined her son in early childhood. The result is partly a domestic tragedy, partly a horror story and partly a deeply claustrophobic and troubling portrait of a woman in crisis. As filmmaker Ramsay has said, "I'm at the age when I'm thinking about having children myself," she told an interviewer. "And that's when you ask questions about what that means, about your ultimate responsibilities."