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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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... Eva Khatchadourian
... Franklin
... Kevin, Teenager
... Kevin, 6-8 Years
... Kevin, Toddler (as Rocky Duer)
... Celia
... Wanda
... Colin
Kenneth Franklin ... Soweto
Leslie Lyles ... Smash Lady
Paul Diomede ... Corrections Officer Al
Michael Campbell ... Corrections Officer
... Prison Boy (as J. Mal McCree)
Mark Elliot Wilson ... Eva's Lawyer
... Dr. Foulkes
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Storyline

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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Mummy's little monster...


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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  »

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$7,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,587, 11 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,738,692, 20 May 2012
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When Eva hides in the supermarket, the labels on the soup cans read: "Ma Ramsay's TOMATO SOUP". Ramsay is the last name of the director. See more »

Goofs

Twice in flashbacks to Kevin's parents in their dating days, a UPS terminal with trucks can be seen in the near background. Those trucks have the new UPS logo, where if the time-frame is correct, the trucks would have had the old logo of a stringed parcel above the UPS Shield. See more »

Quotes

Eva: You just can't get uncomfortable enough can you?
Kevin: Uncomfortable? With my own mother?
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Referenced in Psychopath Night (2013) See more »

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Written by Rory Stewart Kinnear (as Rory Stewart Kinnear)
Performed by Rory Stewart Kinnear (as Rory Stewart Kinnear)
Published by Mute Song
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A fantastic film by a great director
27 October 2011 | by 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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