'We Need to Talk About Kevin'
Tilda Swinton leads a cerebral horror story that keeps the audience at arm's length.
The irony in the title of Lynne Ramsay's film We Need to Talk About Kevin is that no one ever does. In many ways, in fact, the film is nearly as nonverbal as the newly restored version of Georges Melies' 1902 A Trip to the Moon, shown earlier at the Cannes Film Festival. Kevin is about one character but takes place entirely in the mind and world of another. Seldom have a son and a mother been more unknown to each other than in this drama, which is as perplexing as it is intriguing.
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