We Need To Talk About Kevin

Dennis Dermody
In director Lynne Ramsay's darkly lyrical film based on the harrowing novel by Lionel Shriver, Tilda Swinton plays Eva, whose teenage son Kevin (Ezra Miller), commits a Columbine- like massacre at his high school. Afterwards, no one speaks to her at work, she gets attacked on the street and paint is splattered across her front porch. At night she lies alone on the couch drinking wine and popping pills. In flashbacks showing the evolution of Eva and Kevin's poisonous relationship, newcomer Jasper Newell is extraordinary as young Kevin. Miller is electrifying as the brooding, seething, psychotic teen, and Swinton's performance is so good it's scary.

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