Tilda Swinton and John C. Reilly in WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, a film directed by Lynne Ramsay. Picture courtesy Oscilloscope Laboratories. All rights reserved.
- Steven Soderbergh
- Christine Langan
- Paula Jalfon
- Christopher Figg
- Robert Whitehouse
- Michael Robinson
- Andrew Orr
- Norman Merry
- Lisa Lambert
- Lynne Ramsay
- Tilda Swinton
- BBC Films
- UK Film Council
- Footprint Investments
- Piccadilly Pictures
- Lipsync Productions
- Artina Films
- Rockinghorse Films
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We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)
Opened: 01/13/2012 NY; LA Jan. 20th
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Genre: British Drama/Thriller
Rated: R for disturbing violence and behavior, some sexuality and language.
A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, Lynne Ramsay's WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN explores the factious relationship between a mother and her evil son. Tilda Swinton, in a bracing, tour-de-force performance, plays the mother, Eva, as she contends for 15 years with the increasing malevolence of her first-born child, Kevin (Ezra Miller).
Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN explores nature vs. nurture on a whole new level as Eva's own culpability is measured against Kevin's innate evilness. Ramsay's masterful storytelling simultaneously combines a provocative moral ambiguity with a satisfying and compelling narrative, which builds to a chilling, unforgettable climax.
About the Production
The threatening underside of domestic life that no one ever talks about comes to the fore in the gripping, provocative psychological suspense of WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, a film that tunnels beneath the skin of a mother and son on a dangerous collision course from birth. What emerges is an original portrait of parenthood's uncertainty, guilt and most harrowing fears, all from within the deeply subjective POV of a mother's most unsettling memories. As Eva Khatchadourian tries to come to grips with her past, her malevolent offspring and what he has wrought, she falls into the thin cracks between innocence and evil, nature and nurture, love and abject horror.
Based on Lionel Shriver's bestselling novel and directed by visionary filmmaker Lynne Ramsay (Morvern Callar, Ratcatcher), the story is brought to life by an ensemble cast headed by Oscar® winner Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton) as Eva, in the most exposed and psychologically complex role of a career made up of bold choices. Joining Swinton are rising newcomer Ezra Miller (City Island) as the bone-chillingly unappeasable Kevin, who his mother knows like no one else; and Academy Award® nominee John C. Reilly (Chicago) as Franklin, the light-hearted man Eva marries impulsively, only to find their son enlarging a rift between them.
Winner of Best Film at the London Film Festival, the story is told via an intense, timebending style, flashing forwards and backwards, from Kevin's birth to Kevin's snowballing misdeeds to Eva's acceptance of her current role stoically taking her licks as the town outcast and object of fury. It stays steadfastly in Eva's inner world, through a maze of pop songs, hazy memories and indelibly shocking moments, engaging all the senses and a volatile mix of emotions. But all along, the tension keeps ratcheting tighter and tighter, building to a haunting climax that, no matter how you see it, no matter who or what you might think is to blame, leaves you thinking.
Oscilloscope Laboratories presents a BBC Films and UK Film Council production in association with Footprint Investments, Piccadilly Pictures and Lipsync Productions in association with Independent, Artina Films and Rockinghorse Films, a film by Lynne Ramsay, WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN. The screenplay is by Ramsay and Rory Stewart Kinnear based on the novel by Lionel Shriver. The producers are Luc Roeg, Jennifer Fox and Robert Salerno. The executive producers are Steven Soderbergh, Christine Langan, Paula Jalfon, Christopher Figg, Robert Whitehouse, Michael Robinson, Andrew Orr, Norman Merry, Lisa Lambert, Lynne Ramsay and Tilda Swinton.
To craft the film's distinctive blend of visual beauty and visceral anxiety, Ramsay collaborated with an artistic crew that includes Oscar® nominated cinematographer Seamus McGarvey (Atonement), editor Joe Bini (Cave Of Forgotten Dreams), production designer Judy Becker (Shame, The Fighter) costume designer Catherine George (Life During Wartime) and composer Jonny Greenwood (There Will Be Blood.)