After a nine-year absence from the screen, acclaimed Scottish director Lynne Ramsay returns with WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, an intimate and disturbing look at a mother confronting very dark truths about her teenage son. Based on Lionel Shriver’s bestseller of the same name, the film stars Tilda Swinton in a heartbreaking performance as Eva, a once-vibrant woman who finds herself re-examining her life and role as a mother, and her possible complicity in the fact that Kevin has always been evil.
Eva reflects on various disquieting interactions with her son over the years, culminating with her memories of the adolescent Kevin (Ezra Miller), a passive-aggressive kind of socio-path whose hard edge is backed with a grim sense of humour. Eva now starts to question whether her resentment of Kevin and her husband (John C. Reilly) could have ruined her son in early childhood or beyond.
Ramsay’s film blurs the relationship between time, cause and effect to pose nature-versus-nurture questions about predisposition, maternal instinct, guilt and conditional love.
Synopsis written by: Michèle Maheux