We Need To Talk About Kevin


(out of 5)

An endlessly watchable  lives the embodiment of every new mother’s nightmare: she gives birth to a baby that never stops crying, who then becomes a sullen toddler and, eventually, an evil, homicidal teenager. Based on the novel by Lionel Shriver, this eccentric film by Lynne Ramsay flashes back and forth between the present day, where Swinton lives among people who revile her for her offspring’s sins which have landed him in prison, and her memories of raising him. All current criticisms of indulgent parents who raise their children without critical feedback for fear of them turning out wrong is taken to its extreme, darkly satirical conclusion here, with characters who feel more like fairy tale archetypes than players in a gritty, dysfunctional family tell-all. With his bow and arrow strapped to his arm and his heavy, narrow-eyed gaze, Kevin (a wonderful ) could hardly be more gleefully terrifying if his mother’s name was Rosemary, but the film never gets silly in its treatment of its psychological extremes. Ramsay injects so much humour into the interactions between her actors that it supports her beautifully expressionistic visual style; it’s a shallow film but a wonderfully shallow one that never pretends to be anything other than what it is, and Swinton’s stupefied passivity is only that much more fascinating given the high style with which the story is achieved.

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United Kingdom/USA, 2011

Directed by 

Screenplay by Lynne Ramsay, , based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by , ,

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  Cannes 2011, TIFF 2011

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Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Tilda Swinton)

National Board Of Review Awards
Best Actress (Tilda Swinton)
Top Ten Independent Films

Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role (Tilda Swinton)

British Academy Award Nominations
Best Leading Actress (Tilda Swinton)
Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film
David Lean Award for Direction (Lynne Ramsay)

European Film Award
Best European Actress (Tilda Swinton)



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