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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

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Kevin's mother struggles to love her strange child, despite the increasingly dangerous 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.

Director:

Lynne Ramsay

Writers:

Lynne Ramsay (screenplay), Rory Stewart Kinnear (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 26 wins & 65 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Hogan ... Wanda
Alex Manette ... Colin
Kenneth Franklin Kenneth Franklin ... Soweto
Leslie Lyles Leslie Lyles ... Smash Lady
Paul Diomede Paul Diomede ... Corrections Officer Al
Michael Campbell Michael Campbell ... Corrections Officer
J. Mallory McCree ... Prison Boy (as J. Mal McCree)
Mark Elliot Wilson Mark Elliot Wilson ... Eva's Lawyer
James Chen ... Dr. Foulkes
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Storyline

Eva's a mother trying to piece together her life following an incident caused by her odd child, Kevin. Once a successful writer, she's forced to take whatever comes her way, in spite of the increasingly bizarre and dangerous things Kevin says, or does. Written by Huggo

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Mummy's little monster...


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Its release in Norway was postponed following the terrorist attacks on July 22. Originally set to be released in autumn of 2011, the film finally hit the screens in the spring of 2012. See more »

Goofs

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

Kevin: [Eva walks into the dining room, pleased to see that Kevin has changed into clothes more appropriate for his age - but then he turns around with a humorless grin and her mouth drops open in disgust when she sees that he is gnawing on a whole chicken, getting it all over his face] ... What? I was hungry!
[laughs wickedly]
Kevin: I'm a "growing boy".
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Featured in Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema (2018) See more »

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Ballad
Written by Sean Hargreaves
Performed by Sean Hargreaves
Used by permission
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A fantastic film by a great director
27 October 2011 | by stamperSee 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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UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,587, 11 December 2011

Gross USA:

$1,738,692

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,232,318
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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