Title: We Need to Talk About Kevin
Country: UK, USA
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director: Lynne Ramsay
John C. Reilly
An almost full room audience in the Febiofest for Lynne Ramsay’s high-acclaimed drama about immature parenting, with a THE OMEN-esque demonic boy character who precipitates a ruthless slaughter in the school.
The film dares to strain viewers’ bounds of witnessing an agonizing process of a vehement duel between an unprepared and neglectful mother and her sociopathic son, and the mother’s self-pondering and retribution after the brutal massacre.
Ramsay (ends a 9-years hiatus after MORVERN CALLAR 2002) reprises her director ego and turns Lionel Shriver’s thorny novel into a gutsy and personal character study, parading her snappy camerawork with a constantly blood-red frame-moulding, exaggerating a non-linear narrative and overstaying freezing-frames to leaves actors (Tilda Swinton & Ezra Miller namely) extensive space for their adroitness of a headstrong interpretation. There are no wanting of dashing shots and tableaux here, the opening scene of carnal intimacy with a carnivalesque immolation splattered with blood hue is singularly staggering, and what’s more extraordinary is that the thrust has never ceased to mitigate until the very last scene.
The film is also a formidable platform for veteran Swinton and tyro Miller, they are predominantly capturing all the gaze from beholders who hold a mixed-feeling of sympathy, empathy, detestation, horror and shock. John C. Reilly has retreated to his usual supporting stereotype, and two young actors plays Kevin’s toddler and child periods are also prudently picked.
The film is without exception a tough bone to chew up, and on the whole oozes a moderately showiness of its concoction of its sensational fodder and stows away some sequential detail information in order to demonstrate a chicly elliptical manner. It is a film one may shun away from a second viewing but a first encounter could reside much longer than its average peers.