We Need to Talk About Kevin

September 28th, 2011








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We Need to Talk About Kevin

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Plot
Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 7.7/10 (13,090 voted)

Critic's Score: 70/100

Director: Lynne Ramsay

Stars: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller

Storyline
Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly vicious things he says and does as he grows up. But Kevin is just getting started, and his final act will be beyond anything anyone imagined.

Writers: Lynne Ramsay, Rory Kinnear

Cast:
Tilda Swinton - Eva Khatchadourian
John C. Reilly - Franklin
Ezra Miller - Kevin, Teenager
Jasper Newell - Kevin, 6-8 Years
Rock Duer - Kevin, Toddler
Ashley Gerasimovich - Celia
Siobhan Fallon - Wanda (as Siobhan Fallon Hogan)
Alex Manette - Colin
Kenneth Franklin - Soweto
Leslie Lyles - Smash Lady
Paul Diomede - Corrections Officer Al
Michael Campbell - Corrections Officer
J. Mallory-McCree - Prison Boy (as J. Mal McCree)
Mark Elliot Wilson - Eva's Lawyer
James Chen - Dr. Foulkes



Details

Official Website: Official site [Japan] | Official site [uk] |

Release Date: 28 September 2011

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $24,587 (USA) (11 December 2011) (1 Screen)

Gross: $617,215 (USA) (19 February 2012)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Shown with Assessment on its original UK release in selected cinemas.

Quotes:
[last lines]
Eva: Why?
Kevin: I used to think I knew. Now I'm not so sure.
[pause]
Prison guard: Time's up.



User Review

extraordinary filmmaking, very disturbing

Rating: 9/10

I saw this film at Telluride by the Sea (Portsmouth, NH) prior to its general release. This is not a film I would choose to see normally, based on its subject matter. However, as a festival-goer, this was what was offered for the late evening screening. This film is visually stunning, and masterfully composed. You know early-on that a Columbine-style ending is inevitable, nonetheless hope that some miracle may yet occur to avert this disaster. Swinton is absolutely magnificent (as always) as the mother desperately trying to cope with raising a psychopathic child, but equally impressive are the performances of the actors who portray the developmental stages of Kevin from early childhood to the brink of adulthood. What elevates this film is the visual and musical narrative that accompanies the initial time-skipping introduction and then the more linear progression of Kevin's growth to its final, terrible conclusion. Interestingly, the emotional crescendo of the film occurs not near the end when Kevin carries out his horrific violence, but rather in the middle of the film at moments when we observe the impossibility of living a "normal" family life with a child who is incapable of feeling or expressing the human emotions that bind us together.




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