First look at We Need To Talk About Kevin

Three clips from the highly anticipated film We Need to Talk About Kevin have been released ahead of its Cannes premiere.

In the Lynne Ramsay directed adaptation of Lionel Shriver’s bestselling novel, Tilda Swinton plays Eva, mother of Kevin (Ezra Miller), who goes on a high-school killing spree. After the shooting she begins writing to her estranged husband Franklin (John C. Reilly) to cope with the guilt she feels over her child’s actions.

The first clip sets up the relationship between Eva and Kevin; even from the time Kevin is a baby the relationship is strained, his crying is incessant and Eva’s only relief is standing mesmerised in the middle of the street listening to a jackhammer.

The second clip shows an incredibly tense dinner table scene between Eva, Kevin and Franklin where Kevin is set up as a self involved, malevolent character incapable of taking responsibility for causing harm to an off screen character. In a moment reminiscent of Swinton’s famous prawn scene in Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love, Kevin peels a lychee and after spraying its juice everywhere, thrusts it into his mouth and chews it aggressively, perfectly setting up his character in one simple movement.

The final scene is, we presume, after the shooting rampage, when Eva is holed up in a decrepit house; with medication strewn over the coffee table she appears thinner and weaker than in previous scenes. As she moves outside we see her house and the car windscreen have been covered in red paint.

From these few small clips it’s fair to say We Need to Talk About Kevin looks to be a chilling film and is sure to be a hit at Cannes later this month.

Discuss: Gus Van Sant’s own school-shooting movie, Elephant, won the Palme d’Or at Cannes back in 2003. Could We Need To Talk About Kevin repeat the feat?

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