Unaccountably overlooked by the Oscars this year, Tilda Swinton delivers one of the finest performances of her career as an American woman grappling with grief and guilt in the aftermath of a terrible crime committed by her teenage son in We Need To Talk About Kevin, director Lynne Ramsay’s compelling screen version of Lionel Shriver’s 2003 bestseller. If you haven’t read the book, you may find the film bewildering at first as the narrative flits back and forth between scenes of Swinton’s Eva trying to rebuild her life amid a hostile local community and flashbacks of her prickly relationship from birth onwards with her son – played successively by Rocky Duer, Jasper Newell and Ezra Miller. Is she somehow to blame for her son’s deeds? Or is the boy simply a bad seed? Like Shriver’s book, Ramsay’s chilling and thought-provoking film doesn’t offer any easy answers.
Released on DVD & Blu-ray on Monday 27th February by Artificial Eye.