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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

R  |   |  Drama  |  21 October 2011 (UK)
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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.

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Kevin, Toddler (as Rocky Duer)
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Wanda (as Siobhan Fallon Hogan)
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Soweto
Leslie Lyles ...
Smash Lady
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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 Huggo

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Rated R for disturbing violence and behavior, some sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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21 October 2011 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Tenemos que hablar de Kevin  »

Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,587 (USA) (9 December 2011)

Gross:

$1,738,692 (USA) (18 May 2012)
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Trivia

In the scene where Eva is talking to Kevin about the maps on the wall of her room, one of the maps is of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Eva: Haven't you ever wished you had somebody else around to play with?
Kevin, 6-8 Years: No.
Eva: You might like it.
Kevin, 6-8 Years: What if I don't like it?
Eva: Then you get used to it.
Kevin, 6-8 Years: Just because you're used to something doesn't mean you like it. You're used to me.
Eva: Yes, well, in a few months we're all gonna get used to somebody new.
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Referenced in Bad Education: The American (2013) See more »

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Written by Lonnie Donegan
Performed by Lonnie Donegan
Published by Tyler Music
Courtesy of Sanctuary Records Group LTD
Under license from Universal Music Operations LTD
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A fantastic film by a great director
27 October 2011 | by (The Netherlands) – See all my reviews

We need to talk about Kevin is easily one of the most harrowing films I've ever seen and left me completely empty. Lynne Ramsey succeeds where so many others dealing with a similar subject matter have failed, as she abstains from sensationalism and bloody detail. Instead she focuses in on character and relationship development and breakdown.

Tilda Swinton gives a truly great performance and even though the main thread of the story is clear almost from the start, she and the rest of the terrific cast manage to keep the viewer glued to the screen.

One of the most interesting facets of the film was that it showed how much power children can hold and execute over adults if they are given the opportunity.

We need to talk about Kevin is quality from start to finish and deserves to become a classic. I'm looking forward to seeing many more films by Lynne Ramsay.


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