Released today (21st October 2011) is the much anticipated We Need to Talk About Kevin, a thriller based on the novel of the same name.
It tells the story of Eva Khatchadourian recounting the events that led to her son’s massacre of fellow students and teachers at his high school. The film delves into the concept of nature vs nurture – the innate characteristics of Kevin compared with his upbringing –and his mother’s wondering if her lack of maternal feelings towards him was a factor.
The film stars Ezra Miller in the titular role and Tilda Swinton playing his mother. It was directed by Scottish director Lynne Ramsay and largely filmed on location in Stamford, Connecticut. It premiered at the 2011 Cannes festival and met with praise from critics.
As the book is written in a series of letter by Eva, Ramsay had the difficult task of transferring this to film. As such, the finished product is rich in imagery, particularly pointing towards Kevin’s final act. It has been called a visually detailed film and Ramsay herself said that her main concern was to put the audience in a place where they identified with Eva and go through her journey with her.
Find We Need To Talk About Kevin at your local cinema from today.