We Need To Talk About Kevin Tipped For Autumn Success

One of the hottest films to see this year has to be We Need to Talk About Kevin, which legendary film critic Peter Bradshaw has dubbed a “nightmarishly satirical vision of marriage and family life, a sceptical and deconstructive assault on the sentimental ideal of motherhood.”

The film is based on Lionel Shriver’s best-selling novel of the same title, the same novel which, incidentally, has given me an unnatural phobia of small children; my cousins still wonder why I flinch when they reach for a water pistol! According to the rave reviews it got at Cannes this year, Lynne Ramsay’s interpretation of events are just as gripping, just as thought-provoking and just as horrific as the book. Which means it comes as no surprise that the trailer has us hooked:

Pretty messed-up stuff, huh? Tilda Swinton and John C Reilly seem set to lead a fantastic cast, telling the troubling story of a middle-aged mother trying to come to terms with the fact that her teenage son, Kevin, is now in prison for carrying out a Columbine-style atrocity in a featureless American town. I’m guessing a simple time out wouldn’t really cut the mustard here.

So it seems that, on the 21st October, we should all hit our local cinema for a cold hard dose of human terror. And, of course, it’s the perfect advocate for heightened sexual protection. After all, nobody wants their very own little Kevin…

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