InFiFa Viewing Session of an Eden Court Cinema screening
Back We Need to Talk About Kevin
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Monday, 28 November 2011 at 6.15pm
Tilda Swinton
  • Drama thriller
  • 2011
  • UK/USA
  • Colour
  • 112 mins.

Our programme of Tilda's films was timed to coincide with Eden Court Cinema's screening of We Need To Talk About Kevin. We will be attending this screening and holding an informal discussion session in the café afterwards. PLEASE JOIN US.

Lionel Shriver's 2003 novel took the form of a series of letters from the mother of a teenage boy to her husband, trying to fathom how their son became a sociopathic killer. This beautifully crafted but disturbing film takes a more traditional approach, flashing backwards and forwards through the story of Eva (Tilda Swinton), a former travel writer whose love/hate relationship with her child has made her life a living hell. Swinton is excellent as the worn-down Eva, and newcomer Ezra Miller makes an indelible impression as the loathsome, conniving Kevin. However, the director is the real star here, as Glasgow-born Lynne Ramsay, with only her third feature, has fashioned a dazzling, sensory drama with a suffocating, dream-like atmosphere. The back and forth narrative makes a few plot points hard to follow, but overall this is an artful portrayal of every mother's worst nightmare.

Radio Times Film Guide


Lynne Ramsay


Seamus McGarvey


Lynne Ramsay & Rory Kinnear, from Lionel Shriver's novel


Eva - Tilda Swinton; Franklin - John C Reilly; Kevin, teenager - Ezra Miller; Celia - Ashley Gerasimovich; Wanda - Siobhan Fallon; Colin - Alex Manette; Soweto - Kenneth Franklin; Smash lady - Leslie Lyles; Dr Foulkes - James Chen; Dr Goldblatt - Lauren Fox; Kevin, 6-8 years - Jasper Newell; Kevin, toddler - Rocky Duer