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  • Actors: Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Ashley Gerasimovich, Siobhan Fallon
  • Directors: Lynne Ramsay
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb. 2012
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (170 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005XK82ES
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,877 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Based on the million-selling Orange Prize winning novel by Lionel Shriver and directed by acclaimed film-maker Lynne Ramsay, We Need to Talk About Kevin is an emotional thriller starring Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton, Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly and Ezra Miller. Eva (Tilda Swinton) puts her ambitions and career aside to give birth to Kevin. The relationship between mother and son is difficult from the very first years. When Kevin is 15, he does something irrational and unforgivable in the eyes of the community. Eva grapples with her own feelings of grief and responsibility. Did she ever love her son? And how much of what Kevin did was her fault?

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By S. Ciaccio on 6 Mar. 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
As a retired teacher of 34 years here in New York, the movie made me think back to the times I have had to deal with disturbed students with that "look in their eye". The movie was well-acted with Ezra Miller doing a phenomenal job as Kevin. The actor that portrayed Kevin at a younger age was also great. John C. Reilly as the father made me think of the parents I have dealt with who are the "enablers"- the ones who refuse to accept that there is a problem. This film has been a great discussion point among myself and my friends, teachers and non-teachers, parents and non-parents. The big debate : What created a child like Kevin and how could he have been dealt with ? Are there any right answers ? I highly recommend this film, but be prepared to experience a myriad of emotions.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By the honest shopper on 26 Oct. 2014
Format: DVD
This is slow, it isn't action packed, it is not a horror, although the storyline is based on the horrific actions of a deeply disturbed child.
I have the impression that people expect jam packed action and gratuitous gore from all movies these days, I am glad this film didn't give into that, it kept its depth and subtleties giving the characters and mother/son relationship the attention it deserves. Although it is based around acts of extreme violence, its focus is not on the violence itself, but the relationship between a mother and son, and the nature and development of psychopathy.
The pain of trying to connect and continue a strained relationship was very well portrayed. I enjoyed the way the scenes jumped from past to present day, it added complexity to it and the outcome unfolded slowly.
Unlike some reviewers I enjoyed the re occurring use of 'redness'. It portrays the nature of trauma, how everything becomes tainted by one event, how reminders of it are everywhere and it highlighted the implication of the parent being responsible for the actions of the child- having blood on their hands.
I liked that the mother was completely un likeable at times and how a child can be so unloveable, both were infuriating and it questions the reality and expectations of motherhood and the sacrifices people make (or don't). The back and forth between time jumps shows the constant questioning a parent must go through when thinking 'Where did it all go wrong?' It shows all the points that a parent might look back at with hindsight and say 'did I do the right thing?' 'Was I to blame?'.
Tilda Swinton's performance is outstanding as usual and the casting of the son and his performance was very good indeed as were the child actors, which can be hard to find.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Moira on 27 May 2015
Format: DVD
The film shows in non-linear flashback how Eva has come to live her present solitary life. She works as low paid office drudge, tries to avoid people and is subject to random and apparently unmotivated violence and vandalism from the neighbours. On her days off she visits her son Kevin, in prison. These are often wordless encounters but lead to more glimpses of the past that gradually reveal the events that Eva is trying to come to terms with.

The cast is uniformly excellent There is the permanently on edge Eva played by Tilda Swinton. John C Riley plays her often bemused husband Franklin, who acts as the peacemaker in the unspoken battle of wills that is Eva and Kevin's relationship. The children who play Kevin from toddler to teenager portray him as chillingly self-possessed rather than devil-possessed and are more scary because of that. His inner rage is channelled into controlling manipulation which he hones over the years. It is not all one sided though, Eva cannot not avoid looking at the part she may have played in making a monster. Was Kevin unlovable or just unloved?

The restrained film making focusses on the escalating consequences of Kevin's behaviour and the failure to address it, in a way that seems plausible. The script is naturalistic. The use of colour and light is effective in triggering memories which make sense even while they are not in order.

This is a thought provoking watch.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Sept. 2012
Format: DVD
Eva (Tilda Swinton) is a wife and mother who has just experienced the last in a series of shattering incidents. In flashbacks, we see her happy life change forever with the birth of her unusual son. From that first day, she never feels any bond with him while he seems equally detached from and even hateful toward her.

This is an incredibly intense and heartbreaking film, dealing with the problem of alienation, the nature of familial love, and unspeakable violence. All of the actors are excellent and I'm surprised they and the movie didn't get some Oscar nominations. Swinton is utterly convincing as the emotionally-drained mother; she kept me on the edge of my seat every second. John C. Reilly is very likable as the naïve, loving husband. The three young actors who play Kevin are remarkable; their performances are so intense I could barely watch them, yet couldn't look away. The flashback format is sometimes confusing but helps to convey the chaotic, emotional, roller coaster that is Eva's life.

This chilling, excruciatingly sad story is hard to watch, but the acting, writing, and direction are just outstanding. Highly recommended (but not if you're looking for a fun movie).
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