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We Need to Talk About Kevin / Il faut qu'on parle de Kevin (Blu-Ray + DVD) (Bilingual)

Tilda Swinton , John C. Reilly , Lynne Ramsay    Blu-ray
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A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin explores the factious relationship between a mother and her son. Tilda Swinton, in a bracing, tour-de-force performance, plays the mother, Eva, as she contends for 15 years with the increasing malevolence of her first-born child, Kevin (Ezra Miller). Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, We Need to Talk About Kevin explores nature vs. nurture on a whole new level as Eva's own culpability is measured against Kevin's innate evilness.

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Le film raconte l’histoire d’une mère ayant sacrifié sa carrière pour élever son fils. Malgré elle, Eva est impliquée dans une tragédie lorsque celui-ci commet l’irréparable. Dévastée par la culpabilité et l’incompréhension, elle plongera dans les flashbacks de ses souvenirs, nous faisant ainsi découvrir le climat extrêmement malsain dans lequel son fils et elle ont évolué.

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A suspenseful and gripping psychological thriller, Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin explores the factious relationship between a mother and her son. Tilda Swinton, in a bracing, tour-de-force performance, plays the mother, Eva, as she contends for 15 years with the increasing malevolence of her first-born child, Kevin (Ezra Miller). Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, We Need to Talk About Kevin explores nature vs. nurture on a whole new level as Eva's own culpability is measured against Kevin's innate evilness.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We need to talk about the movie's music June 9 2012
By OpenMind TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
I haven't read the book upon which the movie is based, so I think I'm able to give a relatively unbiased opinion of the film's merits vs. deficiencies.

Tilda Swinton plays Eva, the mother of the titular character. It's apparent that she draws the suspicion, hostility, and curiosity of the people in town pretty much from the get-go. What's not immediately as clear is WHY. The focal event which has turned her neighbours against her is revealed in a series of flashbacks. The movie doesn't put all of its stock, however, into stringing us along, keeping us in suspense until lifting the curtain on what great tragedy occurred to have this woman impugned and hated. Instead, it tells the story of her relationship with her son in an attempt to shed some light on his development and how he ended up a convicted criminal. Before he is even born, she's ambivalent about having a child. He's a fussy infant whom she resents, then a headstrong toddler towards whom she behaves either passively-aggressively or simply full-on aggressively, even accidentally breaking his arm in a fit of frustration. Racked with guilt, she then becomes somewhat overly permissive with Kevin as his manipulative behaviour continues and escalates. Swinton, whom I've found to be a reliable--but not necessarily "star quality"--actress, never strays into either melodramatic nor disinterested territory, which I thought could be a risk with this character. Swinton portrays Eva's vulnerabilities and strengths in a balanced manner and manages to craft a character to whom the audience is sympathetic (without simply pitying her), despite her evident shortcomings.

John C. Reilly, a favourite of mine, plays her clueless husband.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A stunning film Sept. 19 2012
By Kona TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Difficult but excellent Oct. 1 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Tilda Swinton gives an award-worthy performance of a mother of a troubled boy. Watch when you can pay close attention as the scene sequencing is confusing, though very effective in the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars winner best actressT.S. Oct. 15 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Well I'm not going to tell you the full detail's of the movie because there are spoilers below that you can read but i have to say this movie left me so drained after viewing it i felt so sorry for Tilda Swinton i have never seen an actress work so hard in a movie doing house chores before. this young man [Ezra Miller]is so good in his role as the bad seed is so well played it's scarey.and then there is John C.Reily who is so stupid to fact the conflict between mother and son he dose nothing but add to it by buying him a bow & arrow.the only thing he wanted was his oral sex.i think i better stop or i will give it away.We Need to Talk About Kevin (Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars... Chilling and devastating April 1 2012
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Going into "We Need to Talk About Kevin" (110 min.), I knew very generally what the theme of the movie was (Kevin is a troubled kid and he is going to do something horrible) but purposefully I did not know any of the plot details as I wanted to movie to surprise me. Boy, did the movie surprise me!

The first 20-25 min. of the movie are absolutely transfixing, as there is hardly any conversation, and there are miltiple story lines going on at the same time. The picture that eventually emerges is one where Eva (Kevin's mom) is dealing with the traumas of whatever Kevin has done (we don't know until much later in the movie what that is), and also, in flashbacks, reflecting on how Kevin grew up (and why he turned out the way he did, and of course where there was anything she could've done better or differently). The acting in the movie is mostly outstanding, with Tilda Swinton as Eva, but the 3 actors who portray Kevin are equally effective, none more so in my opition than Jasper Newell as six to eight year old Kevin.

This is a chilly and devastating movie, but oh-so-good. I was literally frozen into my chair as I watched this movie unfold. Given the general premise of the movie, and the fact that there really isn't a single uplifting moment in it, it is amazing that this movie even got made at all (and not so amazing that a good part of the funding came from BBC Films, apparently). Also a special mention that the music score was done by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood. In all, if you like off-center movies that are not your typical Hollywood main fare with happy ending, by all means, check this movie out. "We Need To Talk About Kevin" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Wherein does evil lie?' June 2 2012
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
In an interview with Lionel Shriver' about her highly successful 2005 novel she commented on the difficulty of the project: `It was admittedly draining. And throughout, I was anxious that because I had never had a child myself, I didn't know what I was talking about and readers who were parents would catch me out.' As adapted for the screen by director Lynne Ramsay and Rory Kinnear this story becomes a terrifyingly realistic exploration of the subject of inherent evil and the manner in which we deal with it. The film is particularly timely as we read almost daily of youngsters killing classmates in schools across the country. But first the story:

Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton) is trying to piece together her life following the "incident". Once a successful travel writer, she is forced to take whatever job comes her way, which of late is as a clerk in a travel agency. She lives a solitary life as people who know about her situation openly shun her, even to the point of violent actions toward her. She, in turn, fosters that solitary life because of the incident, the aftermath of which has turned her into a meek and scared woman. That incident involved her son Kevin Khatchadourian (Ezra Miller as a teenager and Jasper Newell as a 6 year old and Rock Duer as a toddler), who is now approaching his eighteenth birthday. Eva and Kevin have always had a troubled relationship, even when he was an infant. Whatever troubles he saw, Franklin (John C. Reilly), Eva's complacent husband, just attributed it to Kevin being a typical boy. The incident may be seen by both Kevin and Eva as his ultimate act in defiance against his mother.

Ramsay tells her story in bits and pieces of a collage of moments from the birth of Kevin to his incarceration. For some this kind of non-linear story telling may be disconcerting, but for this viewer it seems like a close examination of the mind of a mother who simply cannot believe she has birthed and is raising a child who is the epitome of evil. The fact that we are aware of something hideous that has happened from the beginning does not get in the way of watching the slow maturation of Kevin - first as a constantly screaming infant to a maliciously bad little boy to a viciously cruel and evil teenager with whom his mother cannot connect except for one very telling instance when she reads the young Kevin `Robin Hood' and his arrows, at which point Kevin shows a degree of affection for Eva. That moment proves in retrospect to be the nidus for the horror that lies ahead. Yet to say more about the story wound diminish the impact one the viewer. Tilda Swinton is extraordinary in her role as is Ezra Miller. The film. At least, for this viewer, is a powerfully disturbing one and a very fine insight into how evil deeds can happen. Grady Harp, June 12
57 of 67 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars See it for Tilda Swinton's haunting performance March 21 2012
By Travis Hopson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
What is it that we always hear? Not just from friends, but especially in movies and TV shows about parenting. It's that there's "no guidebook" to being a parent. You just have to do your best and learn as you go. That assumes a level of parental instinct exists on even the most basic level, but what if there isn't? What if you hate your child? What if your child hates you and everything else just as much?

In We Need to Talk About Kevin, that emotional deficit leads to nightmarish consequences, the kind that would leave any rational parent breaking out in a drenching cold sweat. When we first meet Eva(Tilda Swinton), she seems adrift in this world. For unknown reasons she's hated and ridiculed by the people she meets on the street. In the heavily used flashbacks we see her during a happier time, spirited and in lust's grip with Franklin(John C. Reilly), the new man in her life. A particularly blissful evening leads to an unexpected pregnancy, marriage, and a fresh start in the suburbs.

From there it's immediately downhill, as their son, Kevin, is a handful from the start. Eva can't stop him from crying, to the point where she takes walks near construction sites just to drown him out. He doesn't listen to her, going out of his way to do the opposite of what she wants. She has no connection with the boy, and as he gets older nothing seems to change. The bond isn't there. She's not built for it, and even if she was, Kevin wouldn't want it. In time he only grows more violent and hateful, especially towards her. The dynamic changes as a little sister enters the family, with Kevin having someone completely defenseless to terrorize. Franklin, a clueless schmo of a husband thinks it's no big deal and that it'll pass. He has no idea how wrong he is, about as wrong as a parent can be about anything.

Marking the long awaited return of Lynne Ramsay as director and based on the novel by Lionel Shriver, the film poses an interesting nature vs. nurture question wrapped in a real life horror story . Was it Eva's lack of maternal guidance that leads Kevin down his murderous path? Or was he just a bad seed destined to go off on a killing spree? No answers are forthcoming, and that never really seems to be the point.

Ramsay, who has been away from the camera for nearly a decade, goes a little too far trying to leave a signature fingerprint on the film's look, bathing it in off-putting colors, specifically heavy reds to foreshadow the upcoming violence. The use of flashbacks and time jumping are overdone and add little to the story's impact. Ramsay's artistic flourishes, including some of the more dreamlike elements as we flash through Eva's memories, feel tacked on and unnecessary.

As many of Tilda Swinton's films tend to be, their success rests solely on her considerable acting talents. Here she is mesmerizing as Eva, a conflicted woman tortured by her own failings, appalled by her hatred for her own son. These are the types of roles Swinton excels at, the ones no other actress would dare to undertake. No one else could play this role and be as believable and haunting as Swinton is. Ezra Miller is woefully miscast as Kevin, however. A likable actor who has done good things before(he's great in City Island), he seems to be fighting to stay on Swinton's level, but ends up snarling and smirking like a bad comic book villain.

We Need to Talk About Kevin is a tough film to endure, not because it's bad but because Swinton's performance is so uncomfortably raw. If there's a reason to see this movie, it's for her.
23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Same Yet Different--Novel and Film Each Goes for Own Medium's Strength Dec 11 2011
By carol irvin - Published on Amazon.com
The director has taken a very unusual course here. One that should be applauded. Instead of trying to film the best selling book, which is also a five star effort, the screenplay recreates the book as a visual form of expression and storytelling. It is one of the most visual films I've ever seen. This also would have been a very hard novel to convert to film if you were going to follow it verbatim as it was entirely a series of letters from the wife to the husband after their son Kevin kills a bunch of kids at his high school. Letters are not used at all in the movie.

Tilda Swinton as the mother has the lead role by a wide, wide margin here. The others had a bit wider roles in the book but that's ok. Swinton does an outstanding job and I am sure come Oscar time she will at the very least be a nominee for lead actress. One aspect conveyed in both the book and the film is that the mother and Kevin not only do not bond when he is young, but the mother also has a major case of untreated post partum depression for a very long time following his birth.

Let's face it, when one of these mass murders happens in a school and the murderer is another kid, we all want to find something wrong with the parents to explain it. So do the people in this exclusive suburb and the mother is a pariah post murders. She gets her face slapped on the street, her house spray painted red, and her groceries ruined in the market, as just a sampling of daily life. Prior to this, she was a wealthy world adventurer and author but you'd never know it afterwards. I'd say it was unbelievable she didn't change her name and move but the remarkable thing is that the parents in the real life cases do tend to stay put. Both the Harrises and Klebolds are still in Littleton, Colorado, under the same names, for example.

At the very least, one must admit that Kevin is strange. Not everyone can see it, of course, and certainly his father can't at all. Not to put too fine a point on it, he is a pretty disgusting child with absolutely horrendous habits. Many of us would need to be saints in order to parent Kevin. I couldn't do it. Faced with the doting father and this awful kid, I would just get a divorce and gladly give my husband sole custody of Kevin, which he would be only too glad to accept. Although they start moving in that direction when Kevin is in high school, I would have been moving in that direction when he was 3-5 instead.

One odd point is that an extremely good looking young man, Ezra Miller, was hired to play Kevin as a teen. I'm not entirely sure that someone this beautiful could ever be easily be reviled by anyone. History is replete with great beauty seducing the multitudes. I've seen Miller before on series tv. I'm always struck by his exquisite alabaster skin, beautiful bone structure, gorgeous hair and eyes. It is a bit jarring to jump from the creepy little Kevins to Kevin the gorgeous teen. He also has a wonderful voice No one else seems to notice this extreme attractiveness. He was as creepy as a teen as he was as a child in the novel, by contrast. Fortunately, he is a good enough actor to convince you something inside is wrong after you get over the initial jarring effect of seeing him. Ezra Miller is an excellent enough actor to convince one over the long haul that he is twisted inside despite the beautiful exterior. I think he is a young actor to watch for the future.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, terrifying, and gut-wrenching -- a horror film without supernatural gore May 28 2012
By HillBuzz dot ORG - Published on Amazon.com
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Please don't read any spoilers for this film -- the way it unfolds, it's like a mystery and you slowly get the picture of what happened. It's a story about true, real-life evil in the world. After watching this movie, I was so shaken up I couldn't get up off the couch to turn it off and sat through the entire credits...I was just numb.

I consider this a horror movie, but there is no gore and no demons or supernatural monsters. Just evil manifesting itself through the years...showing signs it's developing...and then finally erupting.

I can't remember the last movie that was so thought-provoking. Tilda Swinton should have won all the acting awards for this one -- and the young boy who plays her son (not the teenager, but the younger version of him), was phenomenal. If you remember The Omen and how creepy that kid playing Damien was in the original 1970s version...this boy is even more creepy. You just know something is wrong with him, and I found myself almost screaming at the TV for someone to see the signs and stop him before something awful happened.

I've always wondered what happens to the parents of evil people after they've been caught -- what are their lives like in the aftermath? The newspapers never tell you that. This movie sheds some light on it, and it's truly a new circle of Hell.

I highly recommend that you do not watch this movie if you need to wake up early and go to work in the morning. The movie will leave you numb, horrified, and maybe a little depressed. It is not a fun date night movie. The kind of horror this is is not the Scream or Friday the 13th variety...it is somber, sober, and plays out slowly...building to the horrible conclusion you know is coming. It's the kind of movie that you either watch alone or with someone who you know you can have a good discussion with when it's over. It is not a movie to watch with a bunch of friends at a party.

I bet I won't be able to watch this again for another 10 years. I also won't be able to ever read anything about any sort of tragedy without thinking of this movie...and what happens to the families of the people who caused the tragedy.

Don't be afraid of blood and gore because there is none -- but please be cautioned that this is seriously deep emotional stuff and the depiction of growing evil in this movie is unsettling, terrifying, and gut-wrenching.
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