Wednesday, June 20, 2012

We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011)

Dark, Dark, Dark.  Not an easy film to watch.  It is the portrait of a sociopathic child.  A bad seed.  In some way, it reminds me of the book, "Defending Jacob."  However, this movie is adapted from a  Lionel Shriver’s novel of the same name.

From the NY Times review: "“We Need to Talk About Kevin,” though it evokes real-life atrocities like the 1999 Columbine school shootings, is less a psychological or sociological case study than a horror movie, a variant on the bad-seed narrative that feeds on a primal (and seldom acknowledged) fear of children. What if they turn out wrong? What if we can’t love them? What if they refuse to love us? These worries are rarely dealt with in the child-rearing manuals, but they hover over modern nurseries like the ghosts of ancient fairy-tale curses." (2011) 112 minutes

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