[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.
Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin is a compelling drama, being also a very unsettling experience throughout its whole running time. The story unfolds in flashbacks and you simultaneously see how the past events affect the life of Eva in the present day. I liked how the director goes back and forth in time as I find it a very effective way of making the viewer constantly intrigued and filled with suspense. Tilda Swinton gives a powerful performance, showing all the frustrations and detachment of the mother towards her son. Ezra Miller brilliantly incorporates true evil, always giving me the chills and making me uncomfortable. We Need to Talk About Kevin is one of the most disturbing films I've watched and I am definitely investigating more of Ramsay's work in the near future.
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 it's 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…
Watching Lynn Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin was a puzzling experience for me. Even now, after letting it sit for a few hours, I don't quite know what to make of it. We Need to Talk About Kevin isn't really about Kevin, but about his mother Eva (played by the otherworldly Tilda Swinton). Specifically, the movie deals with how she deals with the aftermath of a school massacre caused by her own son (Ezra Miller). The film unfolds in a non-linear manner: past and current events are presented with equal weight and we dive into those memories trying to search for a reason for Kevin's snap. But what if there's no reason? Does that still make for a…
Holy moly. I might venture and say this is the most important film I've (ever) seen? At least recently. So fucking relevant. So handled extremely well with no finger pointing and no easy answers. Speaking of easy, is it too easy to call it a modern day Greek tragedy?
A very good blend of drama and horror with great performances. While I am not a parent, as I was watching the film I had this creeping dread of 'What if my son turns out like this?' Terrifying. I wouldn't say I 'enjoyed' the film necessarily, but it was well crafted with strong performances and solid writing.
Not as extremely disturbing as it was meant to be but, nonetheless, it was in just enough amounts to make it effective. The direction work was a bit uneven perhaps but it had a powerful storytelling and solid performances that definitely helped it to overcome that.
Tilda Swinton was great playing a highly depressed and disrupted mother that had no idea of how to deal with her twisted-minded, evil, and psychotic son. Is Kevin a distasteful character? Sure, but also an intriguing and frightening one. Jasper Newell and Ezra Miller who played the younger and older version of Kevin, respectively, were both very good.
Such a phenomenal actor like John C. Reilly was perhaps a bit wasted since he was…
Could she have prevented is? Does she feel guilty? Could she have seen it coming? These are the questions Eva Katchadourian asks herself. Her son Kevin was a troubled child. When he gets older, his behavior becomes unmanageable, manipulative and obstinate. At age sixteen he kills nine classmates and the families despise Eva ever since that event.
“We Need to Talk About Kevin” is based on a novel written by Lionel Shriver. It shows the battle Eva is fighting with her own demons, but also how she’s trying to deal with society. It’s hard to translate the story to film, because the book is told through letters from Evan to her husband Franklin. Director Lynn Ramsay uses flashbacks and the…
Tilda Swinton gives probably my favorite performance by an actress in a film ever.
Liked but miss more detail about Kevin's reason!
"We Need To Talk About Kevin" contains so many wonderfully horrible images and ideas that listing them would only serve to spoil surprises. To just pick one image which I felt stood out. Tilda Swinton is pushing a pram around everywhere and we keep hearing the same noise of the baby crying wherever she goes. She simply cannot work out how to stop the baby crying, but eventually we see her with a kind of blissful look on her face because she has stopped right next to a loud building site where the pneumatic drill is in use. Everyone is looking at her incredulous, but what only she (and the audience of course) knows is that this is the first…
Tilda Swinton is astonishing in this portrait of a mother coming to terms with a tragedy, and the lifetime of small events that led inexorably to the big one (I know that's vague, but I really think it's best to go in knowing as little of the plot as possible). Masterfully shot and edited, and with some utterly brilliant moments, it nevertheless didn't have the gut-wrenching effect on me that it seemed to be shooting for. It felt a bit one-note, hammering the same themes again and again with only minor variation.
Strange strange film. They sure need to talk about Kevin, what a creepy kid! His relationship with his mother is portrayed in a remarkable manner.
- Ferris Bueller's Day Off
- Teen Wolf
- The Breakfast Club
- American Pie
- The Captive
- Clouds of Sils Maria
- Goodbye to Language
- The Homesman
Originally a list made prior to Cannes 2014.
This is every Palme d'Or nominee since the festival began in 1946.…
- The Tree of Life
- Under the Skin
- It's Such a Beautiful Day
- Blue Is the Warmest Color
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.