Posted by: greercn | October 27, 2011

We Need To Talk About Kevin

It’s a difficult film to watch. Tilda Swinton gives an astonishing performance which will win her an Oscar. If you’re at all squeamish or easily disturbed, skip seeing this because you need to have a strong stomach. Don’t have a big meal before you view it.

Parents may be particularly troubled by the mix of easy and normal family scenes alongside deeply frightening and horrific incidents.

The impressionistic style of flitting through time and the focus on feelings, with minimal dialogue through key incidents contributed to the eerie silence in the audience. You could have heard a pin drop at the Notting Hill Gate Picturehouse. Unusually, everybody was very quiet afterwards even though they were chatty before seeing “Kevin”.

Tilda Swinton plays Eve. We learn quickly that her son has been responsible for a set of killings at his high school. We see Eve after, during and before the event at the centre of this film.

Director Lynne Ramsay (Morvern Callar) keeps it all tense and fast-moving and the worst of the violence alluded to is kept off screen. The first five minutes are among the most beautiful I have ever seen on film. There is a great feeling of art and poetry at the heart of this.

John C Reilly as Franklin, Eve’s husband and Ezra Miller as Kevin are both extraordinary. The actors playing the young Kevin are also very good.

It’s based on Lionel Shriver’s excellent novel and keeps the soul of the book.

But this movie belongs to Tilda. Her eyes and shoulders suggest unspeakable pain.

If you can handle it, do see it. It’s a very special movie.

The Gate does excellent coffee and the Marshfield Farm Chocoholic Heaven flavour ice cream is truly delicious. Having said that, I really don’t advise eating or drinking during this.

Hardly anyone actually speaks about Kevin, despite the title, and Eve’s growing feelings of unease are handled with great delicacy, leaving you to form your own views or emerge with no real “why” for the murders. All is delicate and left wide open to interpretation.

I am going to find something light and amusing to see next.



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