[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
We Need to Talk About Kevin
The mother of a teenage sociopath who went on a high-school killing spree recalls her son's deranged behavior during childhood, as she deals with her grief.
Tilda Swinton is the perfect actress in my eyes. You must be a chameleon adapting to whatever role is given to you. It is not just in her slightly androgynous appearance and demeanor but in her natural gift to act, she is perfect.
Like a wounded and terrified animal running on guilt and hindsight, Eva (Swinton) is barely living, flinching at the sound of her own name.
The United States has had its fair share of massacres at schools across the country. There have also been numerous films made, some based on reality, others in fantasy but the one thing they all have in common is the exploitative nature, focusing on the massacre itself. This is where We Need to…
The main reason I put off watching this for so long is its source material. Lionel Shriver's novel is an amazing piece of fiction that gnaws on your soul by asking the toughest questions imaginable without granting its readers the comfort of easy answers. It explores the age old discussion on nature versus nurture. It does so by relating a story about a boy committing an evil deed, presented through a series of letters written by the boy‘s mother. She is constantly asking herself whether it is her fault that her son is the way he is or whether he was born evil. It also shows how something like a high-school shooting affects a community, but moreover the family members…
Excellent film to watch with your wife and 10-day-old son on a sunny, Sunday afternoon.
Lynne Ramsay’s first film in nine years is a tricky one, both in subject matter and presentation. Everybody should be familiar with the story by now but despite the inevitability of what is to come the film still manages to shock. It is a sensationalist tale but to its credit it is not shot in a sensational or exploitative manner. In many ways it is a horror film with all the genre tropes stripped away. Instead what we get is a fragmentary film about a mother struggling with her responsibility to love her son. The film certainly raises difficult questions (is a bond between mother and child unbreakable? Does evil occur through nature or nurture? etc.) and pleasingly it doesn’t…
Review In A Nutshell:
We Need to Talk About Kevin throughout left me extremely frustrated; it has a strong premise and the performances brought by the cast are beyond excellent, but the film's emotional pile up of unsympathetic hate towards its titular subject was simply exhausting.
The film doesn't seem to have any solid purpose towards the relationship between Kevin and his mother, Eva; leaving the audience with scenes that executes its emotions perfectly, but left with a blank canvas when putting it all together. For this film to be entirely effective, it needs to suggest something, and when it does, the filmmakers should pin it down and let it grow with every passing scene.
The film suggests the conflict…
First of all, after seeing Only Lovers Left Alive and now this I am beginning to develop an appreciation for Tilda Swinton's perfect alien beauty and intensity. There was also Lynne Ramsay's Movern Callar, of course, and now I see what a perfect marriage of cinematic style and casting this is: disconnected and grieving, with Swinton looking like a wounded deer in headlights. Scenes flashing back and forward around the time of the central trauma flow seamlessly together, painting in elliptical strokes a picture of a mother's psyche orbiting the black hole of a sociopathic son. It's all beautifully shot and endlessly heartrending, camerawork probing so deeply that images become distorted, nightmarish, almost surreal.
Turns out, though I've been meaning…
Der Charakter des Kevin sticht unschön hervor als wenig subtil und eindimensional bösartig. Dieser Makel, der leicht durch nur wenig Feinjustierung an Drehbuch und Performance zu beheben gewesen wäre, raubt dem Film viel Durchschlagskraft und macht ihn am Ende sogar zum Blindgänger.
Not quite as powerful as the book, but a marvelous and haunting peice of work with wonderful performances by all.
It's all in the accumulation of detail, of colors, sounds, associations, echoes. What does it all add up to? In "We Need to Talk About Kevin," Tilda Swinton plays the mother of a boy who grows up to be a school slayer. This movie is her turning over the past in her mind, weighing every choice. We watch with her; along with her we ask, what could she have done differently? The shards of consciousness are like pieces to a puzzle, a puzzle to which we can no more find the solution than she can, because of course there can be no solution, no answer.
Certainly there is no answer in the eyes of her son, Kevin, well played by…
[...] Denn WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN will sich bloß nicht als objektive Analyse verstanden wissen. Es wird nicht Stück für Stück rekonstruiert wie es zu einer Katastrophe kommt, um am Ende „den Schuldigen“ an den Pranger zu stellen – eher stellt der Film einen Prozess der Verarbeitung dar, eine höchst subjektive Reise ins tiefste Innere einer aus der Bahn geworfenen Mutter. Was wir sehen sind Eventualitäten – mal verteufelt, mal auch romantisiert – Momente von denen das schönste, das schlimmste, oder nur noch ein schwer greifbares Gefühl geblieben ist und die nun, auf der Suche nach einem Weg die grausame Wahrheit zu verstehen, immer wieder vor Eva’s innerem Auge ablaufen. Erinnerungen – verfälscht und im Kern doch wahr.…
Far too vague for me to follow without checking the wikipedia page for what was actually going on.
We Need to Talk About Kevin is a devastating and terrifying portrait of a mother tormented by the weight and consequences of her son's horrendous criminal actions. We see the story mostly from the mother's point of view before and after her son commits the crime. One of the most devastating parts of the film for me was watching the mother try to raise her child that she really had no interest in dealing with. I don't know if it was her neglect that caused the child to be so difficult or if the child's difficult personality and hateful tendencies was what caused the mother to be so hard on him. Either way, it was very painful and frightening to…
It's always hard to judge a film on its own merits when you're already familiar with the source material. I read Lionel Shriver's book a few months ago and found it utterly harrowing. I still get traumatic flashes of certain passages. It's a powerful piece of writing and far more complex than its concept would suggest. Lynne Ramsay's film is, no doubt, an excellent adaptation, but it misses some aspects I loved in the book. Eva's complete isolation in her understanding of Kevin is there, but not to the degree that it is in the book. Franklin (wonderfully cast with John C. Reilly in the role) is not nearly as infuriating, which also takes away from this aspect. I also…
Que história maluca, que jeito criativo de contá-la e que atuação de Tilda Swinton (e também do Ezra).
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014, now updated every mid-April.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the…
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
Hardly in order after the top fifty.