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.
Eva Khatchadourian is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian, who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin, Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother. Written by
The movie's release in Norway was postponed following the terrorist attacks on July 22. Originally set to be released in autumn of 2011, the film entered the screens in the spring of 2012. See more »
The poster that appears in the Agency of travel behind Eva is of Buñol, the city where the war of tomatoes in the beginning of the movie takes place. The name is misspelled as "Bunôl" See more »
[standing at the counter of the miniature golf course, the mother sees a group of obese people and rails to her son]
Whenever I see fat people, they're always eating. Don't give me any of this... 'slow metabolism, it's my glands' crap.
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We Need to Talk about Kevin is a Movie without a Point
I did not like this movie at all because of the direction. I have not read the book, so don't know how closely movie follows the book. This is one of those movies that never makes up its mind what it is really about; director Lynne Ramsay never makes up her mind regarding the point or purpose of the movie. Was Kevin born bad or was mother Eva an unloving mother? The ambivalence of this issue wrecked the movie, making it a movie with no point at all. The excessive flashbacks and forwards are very disruptive and break any potential emotional engagement the viewer may have with the characters. The "artsy" quality of the movie was a bad choice on the part of the director and further break any chance of really getting involved with the characters and the storyline. This could have been a great movie but was ruined by Lynne Ramsay's very amateur direction.
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