Quick Review: "We Need to Talk About Kevin"

We Need to Talk About Kevin
Saw again last night Lynne Ramsay's 2011 Cannes entry, "We Need to Talk About Kevin."

I always had the DVD and has not seen the movie since I saw it more than three years ago but I decided to watch it again in the wake of that awful rampage in Santa Barbara over the weekend. Not that i wanted to diminish the horrific nature of the actual crime but I thought I needed to be consoled somehow by watching Tilda Swinton's Eva's travails again. (My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims.)

This psychological thriller is a masterful attempt to piece together the motivating factors behind such atrocious act. It also deftly examines the repercussions of such act to the perpetrator's surviving parent. A very difficult film to watch but it is nevertheless an important treatise on what ails society (and the family, for that matter) in the present.

The film is never meant to be timely but there's a specific resonance and significance watching this movie today given the lurid headlines dominating the news lately.

Watch this movie if you haven't yet. Rent it. Stream it. And let's all pray that the violence depicted in the film remain only in movies.

Rating: 4 1/2 Stars

Raymond De Asis Lo

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