We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin ★★★★½

First of all, after seeing Only Lovers Left Alive and now this I am beginning to develop an appreciation for Tilda Swinton's perfect alien beauty and intensity. There was also Lynne Ramsay's Movern Callar, of course, and now I see what a perfect marriage of cinematic style and casting this is: disconnected and grieving, with Swinton looking like a wounded deer in headlights. Scenes flashing back and forward around the time of the central trauma flow seamlessly together, painting in elliptical strokes a picture of a mother's psyche orbiting the black hole of a sociopathic son. It's all beautifully shot and endlessly heartrending, camerawork probing so deeply that images become distorted, nightmarish, almost surreal.

Turns out, though I've been meaning to see this for a long time and especially after Morvern Callar, this film is grimly topical. Yet another massacre has occurred, this time opening up further dimensions of our modern world's epidemic of entitled young men and rape culture — I won't get into that here (though I will say, yes, open discussion is of paramount importance). We don't need movies like The Omen anymore. Our horror stories are all too real. We Need to Talk About Kevin is all too real.

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