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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

March 5, 2012


There is a profound sadness throughout “We Need to Talk About Kevin”. The plot is minimal, and to explain that is irrelevant because the film is constructed in a fragmented way that focuses on the subjective psychological reality instead of the logical factual reality. But to boil it down, the film is essentially about the struggle between Eva (Tilda Swinton) and her son Kevin (Ezra Miller), who is seemingly born with an absolute hatred to his mother. Kevin seems to embody something we call the pure Evil. This all comes to a tragedy on the level of the Greek mythology and a resolution that is both chilling and intimate.

Tilda Swinton is the engine of the movie with her tour de force performance. She plays a woman escaping from responsibility all her life. Her reality slowly deteriorates, driving her to desperation and madness. The real surprise here is Ezra Miller playing Kevin, a truly evil kid. He is not the usual angry kid from high school. He is one evil bastard in the league of Hannibal Lecteur. Slowly, the story unfolds, and we get to know both sides of the story. You come to understand why Kevin embarks the mass killing and sympathize with him – that is if you have endured everything he has done prior to that.

Freud said that a man who has been his mother’s darling grows up with a triumphant feeling that associates with success. It doesn’t work with Eva and Kevin. Somewhere in-between is the father (John C. Reilly), who busies himself upbringing his family in a yuppy fashion. Somehow our world gives the family the means to function, blinding the necessity to right the wrong. Kevin is basically just born to the wrong family at the wrong time, leaving broken souls that seek vengeance and redemption.

Kevin is never being talked to beyond the day-to-day business throughout the entire movie. They need to talk to Kevin, not just about him.

We Need to Talk About Kevin” is an outstanding British gem directed by Lynne Ramsay, starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and the superb Ezra Millera.