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.
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
At the Christmas party in Eva's workplace a cigarette is put out by sticking it into a Christmas cake. At first we see it being put right next to an elf figure but then after the camera zooms out we see it on the other side of the cake. See more »
Franklin, where are you? Pick up the goddamned phone!
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But, she never did it, nor did the clueless father. I immensely disliked the film's subject matter and the stupidity of its main characters, and that made it a slow and aggravating slog for me to get through it, even as I realized that the filmmaker had to strongly provoke us to convey her true message with the intensity it deserved.
This is a story of a family with a very mentally ill son. The son's psychopathology was clearly evident at 2-3 years of age, but it was never medically addressed by the parents or professionals. I blame the real possibility of this kind of travesty on our overly rewarding, totally supportive American parental/educational society of today, where little a child does is ever seen as wrong, no matter what, and often even seen as "special" and to be rewarded. The sick kid in this film never once was tested by a child shrink or doctor who could have easily seen where he was headed and committed him to a suitable medical facility where he would not be a danger to others. But, no, the parental attitude of "he is my son, so he must be wonderful" prevailed and the film's constant "rub the viewer's face in abject parental stupidity" eventually aggravated me to the point that I hope the same reaction I had was in every viewer, in the hope that society-devastating child psychopathology can be better detected and controlled. My hope is that it shocks parents into being smarter and having any weird kids such as this one analyzed early on to protect others, instead of protecting them by doing nothing. In old historical times, parents used to chain up seriously mentally ill kids for life, or merely kill them early on. Have we really progressed much by not doing the modern equivalent of that? Look what finally happened in the story and may happen in real life as a result of doing nothing, and it is clear that we may not have progressed much. What the clueless parents eventually got for their ignorant indulgence could be seen by many as just desserts.
I do dislike overly choppy, disjointed, and out-of-sequence story lines, and this one-note story was eventually offputting due to that, but not to the point where it negatively affected the film's serious message. I wish that it could be done differently, with less irritation/aggravation, but it surely hit harder due to how much it angered us about incompetent parenting. And, I trust that the message is crystal clear to all viewers, especially parents. It really could happen to you, and to all of us as a society.
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