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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.

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Lynne Ramsay

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Lynne Ramsay (screenplay), Rory Stewart Kinnear (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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 Khatchadourian's a mother to piece together her life following an incident cause by her strange child, Kevin. Once a successful travel writer, s she's forced to take whatever job comes her way, and in spite of the increasingly bizarre and dangers things Kevin says or does. But Kevin's behaviours is only getting worse. 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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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 2011 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

We Need to Talk About Kevin See more »

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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:

$6,038,942
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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 »

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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: You don't look happy.
Kevin: Have I ever?
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.72 (2012) See more »

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Written by Sean Hargreaves
Performed by Sean Hargreaves
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A devastating film
5 April 2012 | by ArgemalucoSee all my reviews

Before watching We Need to Talk About Kevin, I had a vague idea about its story, but I didn't expect to find the fascinating narrative style employed by director Lynne Ramsay to tell this story about a family whose apparent normality hides deep and dangerous veins of dysfunction which conclude on a tragedy. In We Need to Talk About Kevin, even the most prosaic scenes take a big emotional weight once we finish to put together the pieces of the dramatic puzzle co-screenwriters Ramsay and Rory Kinnear had been giving to us little by little. In that aspect, I think We Need to Talk About Kevin is an excellent film, even though it's definitely not the kind of experience which brings us simple entertainment, but a sensation of pain and surprise which is very difficult to forget.

I generally distrust of those movies that offer us a whimsical structure which jumps forward and backward in time, but in the case of We Need to Talk About Kevin, the style powerfully contributes to the substance, building the story on a casual way until we are overwhelmed by the magnitude of what we are witnessing. Besides, the title of this film becomes cunningly ironic when we consider the fact that We Need to Talk About Kevin has few dialogs, and its most intense scenes are mute but full of meaning with just looks, expressions and body language. It's unfortunately not very common to see a film like this one, in which every scene brings a new angle to the story, and there isn't a single element which has been ignored as part of the global narrative. Something which definitely includes the soundtrack, composed by songs which deeply contrast with the images which accompany them, creating a visceral answer; while other ones work as ironic accents which perfectly establish the melancholic tone from the film.

And I now have to mention Tilda Swinton, who brings the best performance of her career so far in We Need to Talk About Kevin (something which is already a big compliment). This is the kind of performance which genuinely captures the spectator, because on some way, she transmits her character's emotional turbulence with her apparently impassive face and calm attitude. The other actors also bring excellent performances (Jasper Newell particularly), but Swinton is the one who definitely carries with the whole film. In conclusion, We Need to Talk About Kevin definitely deserves an enthusiastic recommendation, but I have to say once more that this isn't an easy or amusing film; in fact, it left me emotionally devastated for having portrayed a facet of the society whose existence we know even though we prefer to ignore it. In summary, a brilliant movie, even though I don't wanna watch it ever again.


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