“A child needs your love most when he deserves it least.”
Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton) decides to sacrifice career and ambitions to give birth to Kevin (Ezra Miller). The connection between her and the son is problematic from the start. Kevin’s father Franklin (John C. Reilly) does not notice anything strange about his son, and thinks that he’s a very typical boy. He ignored when the society began to avoid him, when he allegedly accidentally blinded his own sister and even when he killed her pet. This lasted until Kevin as a teenager did not do something horrible and scary. Eva then begins to opens up soul like a Pandora’s box with mixed feelings of sadness, disappointment, anger, pain, guilt, compassion… She knows she was wrong, she did not provide what Kevin needed most – love. All Kevin’s malevolence was meant to attract the mother’s attention and call for its recognition. Was Kevin born bad, or became that way due to lack of Eve’s love?
Intriguing, tragic and at the same time a brilliant story that will get under your skin and make you to think long after you have watched the movie. This film adaptation of the novel by Lionel Shriver and directed by Lynne Ramsay was named Best Film award at the London film festival awards.