We Need To Talk About Kevin [2011]

Off-putting thriller directed by Lynne Ramsay lets us peer into the depressing life of Eva Katchadourian (Tilda Swinton), a former writer who now works at a travel agency, as she deals with the aftermath of her son’s heinous crimes. Kevin (Ezra Miller) is the unsettling embodiment of a mother’s worst nightmare; the son from Hell. The vivid imagery provided by cinematographer Seamus McGarvey (the color red is especially striking) contrasts with the film’s dark, haunting tone. The soundtrack (excluding Jonny Greenwood’s score) is an odd choice of songs that don’t really fit the movie, however. Tilda Swinton and Ezra Miller, as afflicted mother and diabolical son, are pure gold. Swinton has been name-checked by virtually every award-dispensing group but the omission of Miller is one I can’t explain. The ‘Best Supporting Actor’ race is arguably the weakest category this year, so the snub is doubly maddening.