An art house style horror film of this nature is a hard thing to come by, but Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin is just that and it is excellent. It’s terrifying, haunting and superbly acted. Back in May, I wrote the following in my review out of Cannes, “It’s a film to be seen in a theater, with you sitting dead center where you’ll best feel each scene breathing in and out on the audience. Once it begins, you’re in Ramsay’s hands and it doesn’t take more than a minute for her to gain a tight grip.”
Oscilloscope Laboratories picked the film up out of Cannes and is set to release it later this year on December 2, but a new international trailer (via The Playlist) for the picture has arrived to give you an early taste of the horror in store. The film stars Tilda Swinton in an Oscar-worthy performance, John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller as the titular Kevin and I have included the full synopsis below the video.
I will say this though, this is one film that is better the less you know about it. I didn’t know much at all before seeing it at Cannes and while it’s pretty clear what direction it’s heading in very early on, with movies I continue to believe the less you know going in the more you’re likely to enjoy it. That said, here’s the trailer, you decide if you want to watch it.
A suspenseful and psychologically gripping exploration into a parent dealing with her child doing the unthinkable, We Need To Talk About Kevin is told from the perspective of Eva, played by Tilda Swinton in a tour-de-force performance.
Always an ambivalent mother, Eva and Kevin have had a contentious relationship literally from Kevin’s birth. Kevin (Ezra Miller), now 15-years-old, escalates the stakes when he commits a heinous act, leaving Eva to grapple with her feelings of grief and responsibility, as well as the ire of the community-at-large. We Need To Talk About Kevin explores nature vs. nurture on a whole new level as Eva’s own culpability is measured against Kevin’s innate evilness, while Ramsay’s masterful storytelling leaves enough moral ambiguity to keep the debate going.