Wednesday, October 26, 2011

We need to talk about Kevin

Director: Lynne Ramsay

Starring: John C. Reilly, Tilda Swinton, Ezra Miller, Ashley Gerasimovich

How responsible are parents for their children’s behavior? The movie explores this dilemma with Eva (Tilda Swinton), the ambitions mother who puts her career aside to give birth to Kevin (Jasper Newell (6 year old) and Ezra Miller (15 year old) ). From the very beginning the relationship between mother and son is difficult. When Kevin becomes a teenager he does something irrational and unforgiveable in the eyes of the entire community. Eva must grapple with her own feelings of grief and responsibility as she copes with hatred and recrimination. The film is an adaptation from the novel by Lionel Shriver and is atmospheric and beautifully shot. Great performances from the mesmerizing, Tilda Swinton and the rest of the cast including the soppy husband/father Franklin (John C. Reilly). More art house than mainstream, ‘We need to talk about Kevin’, is a real modern horror story.

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