The movie in question is We need to talk about Kevin, with Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller. I saw it yesterday, and at the end I couldn’t believe how disturbed I felt.
The story is told using flashbacks as well as present moments. We get to know Eva (Swinton), a woman who is hated by people, punched in the street, and other nice things… her house is vandalized too. At the beginning you know something is very wrong, but you don’t really know what. The flashbacks lead us through her life; we see her with her boyfriend/husband Franklin (C. Reilly). She is happy… until she gets pregnant. Right there you start to feel how she just doesn’t “click” with her then unborn baby. After that we see her life with Kevin, her son… and all the unsettling things that ensue.
This is not a movie por people who like lineal stories, at all. But I think it had to be told using flashbacks; they help you see how things are wrong with Eva and Kevin, little by little, while showing you what happens during his life. I think it does a terrific job at scaring you, because you notice step by step just how disturbed this young man is.
The acting is awesome, especially Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller. Tilda shows how devastated, how guilty she feels, but she doesn’t show anything else; she makes you wonder all the time. Ezra portrays Kevin with just the right amount of normalcy and evil. The two boys that play Kevin’s toddler and childhood years are excellent too. All the scenes including Kevin and Eva are full of tension, of distress… and once in a while, something that could be love. My heart beat so fast during all those scenes, really… I could imagine how she felt, but mostly how she wanted to feel but couldn’t: in love with her own child. And obviously, he noticed all those feelings.
The movie made me ask myself questions, too: can people be born evil? Can a mother really feel no love for her offspring? Can a boy do something horrible because he wasn’t nurtured right, or because he’s a horrible person… or maybe both? Whatever the answers, this is a story that moves you, but it also frightens you.
I liked We need to talk about Kevin very much. Not your normal, everyday movie, but I think it’s solid. If you have seen it, what do you think? If not, and if you can stand very stressful movies, I recommend it. I hope you let me know how you feel.
See you soon!