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Lynne Ramsay (screenplay) &
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 26 wins & 37 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Tilda Swinton ... Eva Khatchadourian

John C. Reilly ... Franklin

Ezra Miller ... Kevin, Teenager

Jasper Newell ... Kevin, 6-8 Years
Rock Duer ... Kevin, Toddler (as Rocky Duer)

Ashley Gerasimovich ... Celia

Siobhan Fallon ... Wanda (as Siobhan Fallon Hogan)

Alex Manette ... Colin
Kenneth Franklin ... Soweto
Leslie Lyles ... Smash Lady
Paul Diomede ... Corrections Officer Al

Michael Campbell ... Corrections Officer

J. Mallory McCree ... Prison Boy (as J. Mal McCree)
Mark Elliot Wilson ... Eva's Lawyer

James Chen ... Dr. Foulkes

Lauren Fox ... Dr. Goldblatt

Blake DeLong ... Young Suited Man #1
Andy Gershenzon ... Young Suited Man #2
Kelly Wade ... Mother of Little Girl

Ursula Parker ... Little Girl

Jason Shelton ... Delivery Guy

Simon MacLean ... Mover

Erin Darke ... Young Assistant Rose (as Erin Maya Darke)
Annie O'Sullivan ... Waitress

Georgia X. Lifsher ... Checkout Girl (as Georgia Lifsher)
Aaron Blakely ... Concerned Man

Polly Adams ... Mary Woolford

Suzette Gunn ... Young Crying Mother

Joseph Melendez ... Waiter
Rebecca Dealy ... Student #1
Louie Rinaldi ... Student #2
Johnson Chong ... Student #3

Kimberley Drummond ... Student #4

Leland Alexander Wheeler ... Student #5
Daniel Farcher ... Student #6

Jennifer Kim ... Student #7

Caitlin Kinnunen ... Student #8
J.J. Kandel ... Teacher
Maryann Urbano ... School Mother / Teacher
Jose Joaquin Perez ... Mexican Janitor

Tah von Allmen ... Woman with Birthmark (as Tah L. von Allmen)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joseph Basile ... Mover (uncredited)

Susan-Kate Heaney ... Nanny (uncredited)
Jeffrey Mowery ... Visitor (uncredited)

Francesca Murdoch ... Ballet Student (uncredited)
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Directed by
Lynne Ramsay 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Lynne Ramsay (screenplay) &
Rory Kinnear (screenplay) (as Rory Stewart Kinnear)

Lionel Shriver (novel)

Produced by
Suzanne Baron .... co-executive producer
Michael Corso .... co-executive producer
Molly Egan .... co-associate producer
Christopher Figg .... executive producer
Jennifer Fox .... producer
Simon Greenall .... co-executive producer
Anthony Gudas .... co-executive producer
Philip Herd .... associate producer
Paula Jalfon .... executive producer
Lisa Lambert .... executive producer
Christine Langan .... executive producer
Norman Merry .... executive producer
Andrew Orr .... executive producer
Lynne Ramsay .... executive producer
Michael Robinson .... executive producer
Luc Roeg .... producer
Robert Salerno .... producer
Steven Soderbergh .... executive producer
Tilda Swinton .... executive producer
Leslie Thomas .... co-executive producer
Andrew Warren .... line producer: Spain
Robert Whitehouse .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Jonny Greenwood 
 
Cinematography by
Seamus McGarvey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Joe Bini 
 
Casting by
Billy Hopkins 
 
Production Design by
Judy Becker 
 
Art Direction by
Charles Kulsziski 
 
Set Decoration by
Heather Loeffler 
 
Costume Design by
Catherine George 
 
Makeup Department
Chris Clark .... hair stylist
Carolyn Cousins .... hair designer: Spain
Carolyn Cousins .... makeup designer: Spain
Patricia Grande .... key hair stylist (as Patricia Grand)
Maya Hardinge .... department head makeup
Michelle Johnson .... department head hair
Julia Lallas .... key makeup artist
Craig Lindberg .... special makeup effects artist
Christopher Milone .... makeup artist
Cynthia O'Rourke .... makeup artist
Gregory Purcell .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Alexis Arnold .... production supervisor
Gisela Evert .... post-production supervisor
Fiona Morham .... head of production: UK Film Council
Len Murach .... assistant unit production manager
Robert Salerno .... unit production manager
Gina Soler .... production manager: Spain
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ivan J. Fonseca .... first assistant director
Marcos González Palma .... second second assistant director
Federico Untermann .... first assistant director: Spain
Adam T. Weisinger .... second assistant director (as Adam Weisinger)
 
Art Department
Stephanie Abbaspour .... art production intern
Andrew Albanese .... set dresser
Jill Alexander .... property master
Kimberly Asa .... art department coordinator (as Kim Asa)
Junior Cyrus Baron .... set dresser (as Junior Baron)
Michael Bodt .... set dresser
Liz Bonaventura .... lead painter
Liz Bonaventura .... scenic artist
David Brenner .... set dresser
Jen Buturla .... painter
Jen Buturla .... scenic artist
Sal Corallo .... set dresser
Michael Cory .... assistant property master
Denise Cullen .... painter
Denise Cullen .... scenic artist
Robert Currie .... third assistant props
Joel Custer .... third assistant props
Eric Dean .... graphic designer
Thomas A. Delillo .... set dresser (as Tom Delillo)
Mary Fellows .... set dresser
Daniel Fischer .... property master
Amber Fleming-Shon .... stand-by painter
Rafael Fraguada .... set dresser
Paul Gaily .... set dresser (as Paul S. Gaily)
Kevin Gillespie .... stand-by painter
Eugene Hitt .... set dresser
Jonathan Huggins .... leadman
Jeffrey Jones .... set dresser
Doro Klusmann .... on-set dresser (as Dorothea Klusmann)
John Knoop .... set dresser (as John W. Knoop)
Matthew Kowalski .... set dresser
Jeff Kujan .... art department intern (as Jeffrey Kujan)
Chuck Lin .... computer virus designer
Daniel E. Mahon .... set dresser (as Daniel Mahon)
Lee Malecki .... buyer
Timothy Powers .... set dresser
Angelo Proscia .... set dresser
Al Sachs .... set dresser
Joe Savastano .... set dresser
Zach Selter .... set dresser (as Zachary Selter)
Stephen Siersema .... painter
Stephen Siersema .... scenic artist
Vincent R. Smith .... set dresser
Malcolm Sonsire .... set dresser (as Malcolm Sonsipe)
Patricia Sprott .... scenic foreman (as Pat Sprott)
John Sullivan .... set dresser
Nicholas Tzorzis .... set dresser
Arthur Vitello III .... painter (as Arthur Vitello)
Arthur Vitello III .... scenic artist (as Arthur Vitello)
Andy Zuch .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Stuart Bagshaw .... foley editor
Paul Davies .... sound designer
Robert Farr .... adr mixer
Robert Farr .... sound re-recording mixer
Claire Houghtalen .... boom operator
Rob Hughes .... assistant adr mixer
Ken Ishii .... production sound mixer
Iván Martínez-Rufat .... sound recordist: Spain (as Ivan Martinez-Rufat)
Brendan Jamieson O'Brien .... boom operator (as Brendan O'Brien)
Joe Origlieri .... sound utility
Keith Partridge .... foley engineer
Chris Quested .... dolby consultant (as Christopher Quested)
Santiago Serra .... sound recordist: Spain (as Santi Serra)
Barnaby Smyth .... foley artist
Barnaby Smyth .... foley recordist
Andrew Stirk .... adr editor
Andrew Stirk .... dialogue editor
Yanti Windrich .... assistant adr mixer
Yanti Windrich .... sound assistant
Scott Cannizzaro .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Julien Pirrie .... foley assistant (uncredited)
Milos Stojanovic .... adr recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Drew Jiritano .... special effects coordinator
Craig Lindberg .... special effects prosthetics: broken arm
Andrew Mortelliti .... special effects foreman (as Andrew Morteletti)
Joseph Mortelliti .... special effects assistant
Mike Myers .... special effects assistant
David Presto .... special effects prosthetics: arrows
 
Visual Effects by
Simone Coco .... digital compositor: LipSync Post
Stefan Drury .... head of visual effects: LipSync Post
Sean Farrow .... executive visual effects supervisor: Lipsync Post (as Sean H. Farrow)
Noel Harmes .... digital compositor: LipSync Post
Paul Jones .... visual effects coordinator: Lipsync Post
Anthony Laranjo .... digital compositor: LipSync Post
Tom Wood .... digital compositor: LipSync Post
Neil Culley .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Daniel Spain .... systems engineer: Lipsync Post (uncredited)
Lucy Tanner .... visual effects coordinator (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Chris Cenatiempo .... stunt coordinator
Chris Cenatiempo .... stunt performer
Blaise Corrigan .... stunt coordinator
Miguel Angel Gallego .... stunt performer: Spain
David Hernández Silva .... stunt performer: Spain
Stephen A. Pope .... stunt coordinator (as Stephen Pope)
J.C. Robaina .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lauren Brown .... camera loader
Rick Bruck .... grip
Ian Campbell .... grip
Robert Carnevale .... grip
Oliver Cary .... camera operator: "a" camera
Fred Chesterman .... rigging grip
Archangelo V. Ciotti .... grip
Francis B. Conley Jr. .... grip
Pat Crooks .... electrician (as Patrick C. Crooks)
James Daly .... camera loader
Pedro Diez .... grip
Bryan Dolan .... rigging electrician
Thomas Dolan .... rigging best boy electric (as Tom Dolan)
David Domínguez .... camera operator: Spain
Joe Donohue III .... dolly grip (as Joe Donohue)
Stephanie Dufford .... camera intern
Julio Fernández Santa .... grip: Spain (as Julio Santa)
Roberto Fernández .... focus puller: Spain
Richard Fiore .... grip
Zack Fox .... grip (as Zachary Fox)
Gerard J. Free .... grip
James V. Gartland .... rigging grip
John Gatland .... best boy grip
Keith Gordon .... grip
Brad Goss .... key rigging grip (as Brad J. Goss)
Christopher F. Graneto .... grip
Matt Higham .... electrician (as Matthew Higham)
William Hines .... generator operator (as Bill Hines)
Raúl del Hoyo .... clapper loader: Spain (as Raul del Hoyo)
Alec Jarnagin .... steadicam operator
Billy Kerwick .... company grip (as Bill Kerwick)
Tom Kerwick .... key grip
Eric Kutner .... electrician
Frank La Frazia .... electrician (as Frank Lafrazia)
Frank Laruffa .... rigging grip
Robert C. Linke .... electrician
Matthew Luberda .... company grip (as Matt Luberda)
Jim Manzione .... rigging gaffer (as James J. Manzione)
Sean Manzione .... electrician
Jim McCullagh .... gaffer
Jim McCullagh .... lamp operator (as Jim McCullagh Jr.)
Kevin McKenna .... video assist operator
Shawn Mulligan .... grip (as Shawn A. Mulligan Jr.)
Gabi Norland .... d7 operator: Spain (as Gaby Norland)
Neil O'Malley .... best boy rigging grip
Mike Oates .... grip (as Mike Oats)
José Ochando .... clapper loader: Spain
Matthew Pebler .... "a" camera second assistant (as Matt Pebler)
Steve Peloquin .... grip
Dwayne Plokhooy .... rigging electrician
Antonio Ponti .... first assistant camera
Craig Pressgrove .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
James Quinlan .... electrician
Mike Reed .... electrician (as Michael Reed)
Nicole Rivelli .... still photographer
Cristina Rodríguez .... focus puller: Spain
Satish Sahi .... best boy electric (as Satish Shahi)
Meg Schrock .... lamp operator
Steven Search .... first assistant camera
George Selden .... electrician
Mike Sime .... 24 frame playback operator
Darrin Smith .... rigging electrician
Thomas Townend .... director of photography: Spain (as Tom Townend)
Thomas Vaughun .... rigging grip (as Thomas E. Vaughan)
Kevin Walsh .... electrician
Kai Wai Cheng .... grip (uncredited)
Jim Kerwin .... electrician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Erin Darke .... casting associate (as Erin Maya Darke)
Karen E. Etcoff .... background casting: Kee Casting (as Karen Etcoff)
Jennifer Ricchiazzi .... casting associate: LA
Bill Tripician .... background casting associate (as Bill Tripican)
Jamie Jacobson .... extras casting associate (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jodi Baldwin .... costume supervisor
Serra Victoria Bothwell Fels .... costumer: guinea pig
Eric Dimitratos .... costume intern
Rebecca Edmonston .... key costumer
Cameron Folan .... assistant costume designer
Louise Giobbi-Ersek .... costume intern (as Louise Ersek)
Layla Griffin .... costume designer: Spain
Katalina Iturralde .... set costumer
Hilary Sahn .... costume production assistant
 
Editorial Department
Kate Abernathy .... first assistant editor: US
Rob Ackerman .... technical support: Lipsync Post
Dan Bentham .... post-production producer: Lipsync
Chris Bentley .... digital lab operator: Lipsync Post
Adam Biskupski .... first assistant editor: UK
Linden Brownbill .... post-production engineer: Lipsync Post
Katie Bullock-Webster .... post-production coordinator
Alberto Buron .... digital restoration technician: Lipsync Post
James Clarke .... digital intermediate supervisor: Lipsync Post
Stuart Fyvie .... colorist: Lipsync Post
Scott Goulding .... iq assistant: Lipsync Post
Lee Hodgkinson .... post-production producer: Lipsync
Scott Macbeth .... technical support: Lipsync Post
Salim Rahman .... technical support: Lipsync Post
Daniel Tomlinson .... senior digital lab operator: Lipsync Post
Diana Vasquez .... digital lab operator: Lipsync Post
Rick White .... head of technical support: Lipsync Post
John Vladic .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Loretta Wallace .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Simon Changer .... music editor
Bryce Edge .... original score manager
Liu Fang .... musician: pipa
Philip Herd .... music clearances
Jean Kelly .... musician: Irish harp
Rory Kinnear .... music consultant (as Rory Stewart Kinnear)
Graeme Stewart .... original score engineer
Graeme Stewart .... original score producer
Graeme Stewart .... original score recordist
 
Transportation Department
Jaime Avendaño .... driver: Spain
Kevin Bradley .... driver (as Kevin Bradly)
Pat Bratchell .... driver
Richard R. Busardo .... driver (as Rick Busardo)
Enrico Caruso .... driver
Jim Cisero .... driver
Frank Lagaipa .... driver
Robin Monaghan .... driver
Jude Moresco .... driver
Jeremy Olszewski .... driver (as Jeremy Olsewski)
Timothy Paustian .... transportation captain (as Timmy Paustian)
Rich Presotti .... driver (as Rich Presutti)
Mark Provenzano .... driver
Thomas Reilly .... transportation co-captain (as Tom Reilly)
Scott Roth .... driver
Frank Vistiglia .... driver
Frank Young .... driver
 
Other crew
Theron Alford .... set production assistant (as Theron T. Alford)
Tara Andrus .... production accountant: US
Oana Anghel .... title graphics coordinator: Lipsync Post
Geraldine Atlee .... senior business affairs executive: UK Film Council
Isabel Begg .... senior commercial and business affairs manager: BBC Films
Pamela Bertini .... production coordinator
Sarah Bing .... legal services: Wiggin, Footprint Investments
Deborah Blake .... set medic
Fraser Bloom .... legal services: Independent Film Sales, Davenport Lyons
James Buckler .... production and delivery coordinator: BBC Films
Rodney Byerson .... film runner
Justin Byrne .... set medic
Eva Z. Cabrera .... script supervisor
Neil Cairns .... production accountant: UK
Luis Cedillo .... lead craft service: David Dreishpoon's Gourmet
Paulette D. Clark .... assistant production coordinator (as Paulette Clark)
Daniel Dale .... development executive: Independent Film Sales
Juan E. De La Rosa .... parking assistant
Joshua P. Dease .... payroll accountant
Emilie Deschamps .... production secretary
Peter Dickinson .... senior title designer: Lipsync Post
Nick Doumlele .... production office intern
Gjustina Dushku .... set production assistant
John Ellis .... set medic
Javier Escobar Ferrer .... security: Spain
Tom Farmer .... computer technician
Scott Ferlisi .... assistant location manager
Sarah Follett .... location scout
Lizzie Francke .... senior production and development executive: UK Film Council
Erick Freitas .... location production assistant (as Erick Freites)
Joshua A. Friedman .... set production assistant
Hal Fuchsman .... set production assistant
Karina Gechtman .... marketing executive: Independent Film Sales
Vincent Giarratano .... key production assistant (as Vincent Giarratino)
Helen Giles .... legal and business affairs manager: BBC Films
Phil Gleason .... computer technician
Robin Guise .... production executive: Lipsync Productions
Julia Hall .... senior title designer: Lipsync Post
Peter Hampden .... production executive: Lipsync Productions
Paul Hiller .... archery technician
Morgan Howard .... first assistant accountant
Rosa Hoyas .... location manager: Spain
Erica Joseph Hunter .... accounting clerk
Pedro Jilmenez .... parking production assistant
Sarah Jordan .... assistant: Robert Salerno (as Sarah E. Jordan)
Lluna Juvé .... production assistant: Spain
Kelly Keough .... tutor
Brian Ketcham .... location production assistant
Josh Larsen .... set production assistant
Sarah Lebutsch .... sales executive: Independent Film Sales
Jordi Llorca Llinares .... production assistant: Spain
Roman Lukiw .... set production assistant
Casey Madigan .... set production assistant
Christos Michaels .... legal services: Lee & Thompson, Lipsync Productions
Shannon Murphy .... assistant: Jennifer Fox
Mustapha Narous .... craft service: David Dreishpoon's Gourmet
Marta Nebot .... production assistant: Spain
Maggie Newton .... production coordinator: Piccadilly Pictures
John Northrup .... set production assistant
Hyo Park .... location manager
Beth Pattinson .... development editor: BBC Films
Deborah Pegg .... legal services: Independent Film Sales, Davenport Lyons
Rebecca Pick .... legal services: Lee & Thompson, Lipsync Productions
Anthony Pizzini .... production office assistant
Nelson Puente .... caterer: David Dreishpoon's Gourmet
Amanda Pyne .... production finance: UK Film Council
Angela Quiles .... production coordinator
David Quli .... legal services: Wiggin, Footprint Investments
Leopoldo Ramirez .... craft service assistant: David Dreishpoon's Gourmet
Peter Raven .... production executive: Lipsync Productions
Shanae Rivers .... production office assistant (as Shanae L. Rivers)
Richard Roberts .... investor relations: Footprint Investments
Michele Robertson .... unit publicist
Buck P.B.D. Rodgers .... set production assistant (as Peyton 'Buck' Rogers)
Miguel A. Rodriguez .... parking production assistant
Tanya Seghatchian .... head of the film fund: UK Film Council
Jennifer Sims .... set production assistant
Sian Smith .... assistant: Lynne Ramsay
Katrina Stagner .... legal services consultant: Davenport Lyons, Piccadilly Pictures
Yu-Fai Suen .... special advisor: Footprint Investments
Natxo Sánchez .... production assistant: Spain
Sam Tatton-Brown .... legal services: Piccadilly Pictures, Davenport Lyons
José Tejada .... parking coordinator (as Jose Tejada)
Saskia Thomas .... partnership coordinator: Piccadilly Pictures
Raquel Tortosa .... unit nurse: Spain
Sarah Townsend .... head of marketing: Independent Film Sales
Juan Villasuso .... assistant chef: David Dreishpoon's Gourmet
Karla Waldron .... on-set manager: David Dreishpoon's Gourmet
Abigail Walsh .... head of international sales: Independent Film Sales
Howard Watkins .... head of title design: Lipsync Post
Sara Webster .... assistant production coordinator
Dan Whybrew .... legal services: Wiggin, Footprint Investments (as Daniel Whybrew)
Samuel R. Williams .... set production assistant
Michael Wood .... production executive: BBC Films
David Zimmerman .... head chef: David Dreishpoon's Gourmet
Margaret Baker .... stand-in (uncredited)
Colin Bishop .... projectionist (uncredited)
Carol A. Compton .... script clearance (uncredited)
Leonard Crooks .... head of new cinema fund: UK Film Council (uncredited)
Gabriella Ludlow .... production legal (uncredited)
Drew Schofer .... location scout (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Mickey Campbell .... special thanks
Jenne Casarotto .... special thanks
Leonard Crooks .... special thanks (as Lenny Crooks)
Peg Donegan .... special thanks
Christian Hodell .... special thanks
Sharon Jackson .... special thanks (as Sharon Sheinwold)
Michael Lippman .... special thanks
Scott Metzger .... special thanks
Jodi Peikoff .... special thanks
Risheng Wang .... special thanks
 
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Rated R for disturbing violence and behavior, some sexuality and language
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112 min
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Trivia:
Shot in 30 days.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: During one of the close ups of the maps decorating Eva's wall, as the camera moves upward you can see its shadow on the wall.See more »
Quotes:
Eva:So, how's school going?
Kevin:It's going.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in We Need to Talk About Kieran (2011)See more »
Soundtrack:
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What is the first song as Eva drives?
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49 out of 60 people found the following review useful.
Cupid's Arrow, 4 March 2012
Author: David Ferguson (fergusontx@gmail.com) from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. The Brady Bunch, this isn't. It's also not the place to look for helpful parenting tips. In fact, the story revolves around Eva, a woman (Tilda Swinton) who apparently didn't want to have a child ... at least not at this time, and certainly not THIS child. If you have seen The Omen, you probably gave thanks that you didn't have a child like Damien. At least we knew Damien was the spawn of Satan. Eva's son Kevin, is instead a good old fashioned psychopath. One who has an inherent need to cause pain and misery for his mother.

What a pair Eva and Kevin make. From day one, Kevin seems to sense his mother's lack of joy in parenthood. And he seems to have a genetic disposition of making her pay. As with many psychopaths, his above average intelligence makes him even more dangerous. He is tricky enough to keep his dad (John C Riley) clueless as to his nature, while causing much doubt in the dad's mind as to the stability of his wife.

My favorite part is actually how director Lynne Ramsay structured the storytelling. It goes beyond non-linear and actually bounces throughout three key periods: Kevin as a baby/toddler, Kevin as a 6-8 year old (Jason Newell), and Kevin as a teenager (Ezra Miller). Each age is progressively more frightening and disenchanting, and the film begins with what is an undetermined catastrophe. This event is slowly revealed over the course of the movie, though we witness events leading up to it, as well as the resulting fallout.

There are a few scenes where Eva is scrubbing the exterior of her house in an attempt to remove the red paint that was purposefully splattered. As a viewer, we understand that she has blood on her hands and she seems resigned to the fact that she is now a social outcast, even a pariah. We spend much of the movie in Eva's jumbled thoughts as she tries to piece together what has happened and why. Of course, there is no answer. The title explains what was missing all along. There was no communication and no willingness to confront the problem ... a psychopathic son. To say they all paid the price is an understatement.

This film has a very limited audience, though my claim is that Ms. Swinton was quite deserving of an Oscar nomination. She wears defeat like a mask and lives in isolation better than most could. Even the music is offbeat and unusual in its use ... thanks to Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood. As filmmaking, this is high art. As storytelling, it's a bit muddled and quite a downer.

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