Saturday, October 29, 2011

we need to talk about kevin

Blimey! A stunning, unrelenting film, directed by Lynne Ramsay, based on Lionel Shriver’s novel. You know from the start (and I’m not really giving anything away here as the publicity – plus the book - makes it pretty clear!) that the son goes on a high school killing spree. The film flashes back and forth as the mother (superbly played by Tilda Swinton) fruitlessly tries to find out the reasons why. Some brilliant scenes – including the opening sequence at the tomatina festival in Bunol, Spain! Powerful, horrific and haunting - but completely absorbing. Moira+I walked home from the Watershed somewhat subdued (and thankful we only had daughters?).
After writing this, I’ve just read Peter Bradshaw’s excellent review in The Guardian. This is its final paragraph: “My only worry is that some hapless cinemas might schedule this as one of their special "parent-child" screenings. Bad idea”. Agreed!
You must see this film (and Tilda Swinton for an Oscar, surely?).


just Gai said...

I've steered well clear of the book, believing (cowardly?) that there are some issues that I don't need/want to face. Still undecided on whether or not to see the film.

Mrs H of High Wycombe said...

I read the book some time ago, very thought provoking. My rule is not to see the film if I've read the book. I've broken my own rule once or twice and have always been annoyed with myself afterwards. I'm sticking by the rules on this one.