January 9 - WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN (2011)

"Uncomfortable? With my own mother?"

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WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN is a tough film. It's deeply unsettling from the very beginning, and doesn't get any easier to watch as it progresses. It's remarkably well edited and directed, and the always-amazing Tilda Swinton is at her absolute finest here. Ironically, I don't know what to say about this movie other than that WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN is expertly-crafted and masterfully affecting. In the hands of another director, this movie could have been dreadfully ham-fisted and crass, but writer-director Lynne Ramsay keeps the audience right at the edge of distress without pushing us irredeemably far into despair until the very end.

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN is emotionally draining, and a big part of that impact comes from Tilda Swinton's performance. She always shows admirable commitment to each of her roles, but her portrayal of a simultaneously resentful, regretful, tormented woman here is absolutely brilliant. Even though I'm not linking movies together anymore (too many "eh" movies instead of movies I should/want to see) I may follow up tomorrow with ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE (2013).

 Kevin's a creepy dude.   Image credit: asset1.net

Kevin's a creepy dude.

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As mentioned above, I'm abandoning the linking aspect to this challenge. I go into a bit more detail about it in this first weekly roundup in podcast form: